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(Mirror.co.uk)   German company completes a successful test flight of the world's first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) electric jet. Behold the future of personal transportation   ( mirror.co.uk) divider line
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2017-04-21 08:23:12 AM  
Electric Blitzkrieg?
 
2017-04-21 08:43:15 AM  
Looks cool. But unclear if there was actually a pilot in it or if it was flown remotely. If it was carrying a pilot and their claimed speed and range figures are correct then it's amazing. If it was a lightweight model with no one on board and three minutes endurance then it's vaporware. How long has that flying car guy in the US been claiming he was "just a year away from production"?
I guess we'll see.
 
2017-04-21 09:01:33 AM  
images.memes.com
 
2017-04-21 09:11:56 AM  
i2.wp.com
 
2017-04-21 09:25:36 AM  
could they get more ads on that page? fark
 
2017-04-21 09:27:50 AM  
Oh boy. Can't wait for the cab drivers in New York City to get their mitts on these. Yikes!
 
2017-04-21 09:41:40 AM  
36 independent motors?  Yeah, that works when you built a toy in your shop, but good luck getting that certified to carry passengers.
 
2017-04-21 10:03:44 AM  
But does it look good in the neon lit night?
 
2017-04-21 10:08:41 AM  
I'd be worried about FOD if they use that as a true call-on-demand air taxi.
But if they do urban top-of-building heliport stuff, that will be much less of a problem.
 
2017-04-21 10:11:35 AM  
It's beautiful even if it is partially fake. Still want.
 
2017-04-21 10:19:58 AM  

Schmerd1948: Oh boy. Can't wait for the cab drivers in New York City to get their mitts on these. Yikes!

img.fark.net

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Big boom, bada boom....big bada boom.....
/multi pass
 
2017-04-21 10:21:39 AM  

LewDux: But does it look good in the neon lit night?


Blade Runner spinner car
Youtube LJR_yjayaNg
 
2017-04-21 10:33:28 AM  

Click Click D'oh: 36 independent motors?  Yeah, that works when you built a toy in your shop, but good luck getting that certified to carry passengers.


Not enough redundancy for government?
 
2017-04-21 10:36:47 AM  
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2017-04-21 10:38:52 AM  
Ok,my google-fu is weak today and i'm slightly in a hurry so i have no idea what an "electric jet" is. Can anyone help out?
 
2017-04-21 11:04:07 AM  
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/ old news
 
2017-04-21 11:19:40 AM  
Those look a lot more like ducted fans than any sort of jet engine.
 
2017-04-21 11:29:34 AM  

Smoking GNU: Ok,my google-fu is weak today and i'm slightly in a hurry so i have no idea what an "electric jet" is. Can anyone help out?


I guess it's a compressor without the combustion chamber.
 
2017-04-21 11:37:08 AM  
Do want
 
2017-04-21 11:55:42 AM  

Smoking GNU: Ok,my google-fu is weak today and i'm slightly in a hurry so i have no idea what an "electric jet" is. Can anyone help out?


Try EDF or Electric Ducted Fan.  Kind of depends on your definition of "jet".
 
2017-04-21 12:04:40 PM  
Nice, but what happens when you fill up all the landfills with those toxic China made batteries?
 
2017-04-21 12:09:22 PM  

LewDux: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Best guess for this image: флип гостья из будущего

What the heck am I looking at?  And no, Google translate didn't help.
 
2017-04-21 12:16:56 PM  

Smoking GNU: Ok,my google-fu is weak today and i'm slightly in a hurry so i have no idea what an "electric jet" is. Can anyone help out?


Sounds like something Benny would fly.
 
2017-04-21 12:34:37 PM  

flondrix: LewDux: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Best guess for this image: флип гостья из будущего

What the heck am I looking at?  And no, Google translate didn't help.


Soviet Sci-Fi: Guest From The Future
Youtube jhA8YyAn2fE
 
2017-04-21 12:40:31 PM  
What the hell is an "electric jet"?
 
2017-04-21 12:42:06 PM  
Will never fly in any restricted air space.
 
2017-04-21 01:26:03 PM  

maverickzy: What the hell is an "electric jet"?


Technically that would be an Ion thruster.

But in this case it is a ducted fan - run off batteries and no [mostly] visible propeller.
 
2017-04-21 01:30:57 PM  

FumblingTowardsSanity: Smoking GNU: Ok,my google-fu is weak today and i'm slightly in a hurry so i have no idea what an "electric jet" is. Can anyone help out?

Try EDF or Electric Ducted Fan.  Kind of depends on your definition of "jet".


They're not doing it here, but you could in theory replace the combustion chamber of a traditional jet engine with a plasma arc created by essentially a glorified sparkplug, and that would be a true "electric jet".
 
2017-04-21 01:35:04 PM  

Archie Goodwin: Ion thruster.


That's what she said
 
2017-04-21 02:02:00 PM  

2wolves: Will never fly in any restricted air space.


Thank Fark for that. Imagine that two seater sharing airspace with an A380. Hope you enjoy your wake turbulence....
 
2017-04-21 02:08:26 PM  
edmo:Not enough redundancy for government?

I was thinking of all the weight and complexity that would need to be added for all the engine performance monitoring and reporting equipment for 36 motors.  You would probably end up losing your useful load limit just by adding all the equipment needed to get it certified for passenger flight.

Not to mention, I don't even want to be the poor sap tasked with writing the engine out, and complete power failure procedures.
 
2017-04-21 04:00:58 PM  

maverickzy: What the hell is an "electric jet"?


An F-16: http://www.f-16.net/articles_article13.html
 
2017-04-21 05:06:26 PM  

Click Click D'oh: edmo:Not enough redundancy for government?

I was thinking of all the weight and complexity that would need to be added for all the engine performance monitoring and reporting equipment for 36 motors.  You would probably end up losing your useful load limit just by adding all the equipment needed to get it certified for passenger flight.


Since it hovers but cannot autorotate then redundancy is a good thing IMHO. If one motor fails you'd be able to land safely. Even if you were right up to the limit with one motor out you'd be looking at just a bit of a hard landing.

Click Click D'oh: Not to mention, I don't even want to be the poor sap tasked with writing the engine out, and complete power failure procedures.


The terrifying thirty five engine landing....

/Of course there are common points of potential failure that could take them all out.
//I would assume they've thought of that.
 
2017-04-21 06:56:57 PM  

Ron Vibbentrop: /Of course there are common points of potential failure that could take them all out.
//I would assume they've thought of that.


If I paid for 36 motors goddammit I want 36 motors.

Here's a common point of failure:

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However, I like the idea a lot but I want to see more details.
 
2017-04-21 08:51:00 PM  

iheartscotch: [img.fark.net image 425x413]

/ old news


That looks like one of those spinner fireworks where you don't know what the fark they're gonna do. Lighting with your friends is Russian Roulette.
 
2017-04-21 09:06:13 PM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: However, I like the idea a lot but I want to see more details.


NO.

Now get in. :-)
 
2017-04-22 03:12:16 AM  

Click Click D'oh: edmo:Not enough redundancy for government?

I was thinking of all the weight and complexity that would need to be added for all the engine performance monitoring and reporting equipment for 36 motors.  You would probably end up losing your useful load limit just by adding all the equipment needed to get it certified for passenger flight.

Not to mention, I don't even want to be the poor sap tasked with writing the engine out, and complete power failure procedures.


They're electric motors. The only performance monitoring you need is a thermocouple for temperature and an RPM reading which the motor itself can provide, plus information on the batteries which can be provided by microchips in the batteries themselves. There's no oil and probably no coolant, no ignition system, no cylinder head or exhaust temps to monitor, no fuel flow to worry about. 95% of traditional engine instrumentation doesn't apply here.
 
2017-04-22 07:40:31 AM  

Destructor: Enormous-Schwanstucker: However, I like the idea a lot but I want to see more details.

NO.

Now get in. :-)


Fark....shiat, ok.
 
2017-04-22 09:13:16 AM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Destructor: Enormous-Schwanstucker: However, I like the idea a lot but I want to see more details.

NO.

Now get in. :-)

Fark....shiat, ok.


I like your spirit of adventure!
 
2017-04-22 10:05:27 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: /Of course there are common points of potential failure that could take them all out.
//I would assume they've thought of that.


It's good they thought of that, because they'll have to demonstrate it.


Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: They're electric motors

You'll still need each engine sending RPM, N1, N2, vibration and temperature.  Then some sort of reporting system for the pilot.  And don't forget, a manual reversion system to control them all.
 
2017-04-22 10:35:07 AM  

Destructor: Enormous-Schwanstucker: Destructor: Enormous-Schwanstucker: However, I like the idea a lot but I want to see more details.

NO.

Now get in. :-)

Fark....shiat, ok.

I like your spirit of adventure!


I'm pretty much a "what the hell" person. Mrs. E-S tells me that maybe I should stop that. Not yet. Soon though.
 
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