US Air Force reveals ‘flying battle car’ that will shuttle troops across war zones – and it looks ridiculous
PHOTOS of a bonkers “flying car” that could one day ferry soldiers across the battlefield have been shared by the US Air Force.
The images capture a demo of the single-seat machine, which takes off using 18 small propellers, at a military camp in Texas last week.
The US Air Force has shared photos of a bonkers flying car[/caption]
The US military has previously said it wants a fleet of 30 flying cars in the Air Force by 2030.
The aircraft piloted during the August 20 demo at Camp Mabry in Austin is an electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL).
Flown under the Air Force’s Agility Prime programme, they’re tiny, manned machines that liftoff vertically under rotor blades – like a helicopter.
Among other things, the high-tech craft could one day be used to speedily shuttle troops and equipment across war zones.
A demo was carried out at Camp Mabry in Austin last week[/caption]
“The thought of an electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle – a flying car – might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie,” Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said.
“But by partnering today with stakeholders across industries and agencies, we can set up the United States for this aerospace phenomenon.”
The “Hexa” aircraft was built by Texas eVTOL startup, LIFT Aircraft. It seats one passenger and takes off from a standstill, like a large drone.
The flying car can even float on water, according to LIFT, using the six buoyant feet around its perimeter.
The US military has previously said it wants a fleet of 30 flying cars in the Air Force by 2030[/caption]
Riders – who do not need a pilots license to operate the contraption – steer it using a simple, three-axis joystick.
A “triply redundant autopilot computer” takes care of the rest, according to LIFT’s website.
In a blog post detailing the demo, Agility Prime boss Col. Nathan Diller said the recent flight marked the first of many demonstrations
It’s part of a wider US plan to get flying cars into operation within the next decade.
Terrifying space weapons of the future
Here are three of the scariest…
Rods from God
- A strange but utterly terrifying weapon has been dubbed “rods from the God” and is based on the concept of creating man-made meteorites that can be guided towards the enemy.
- Instead of using rocks rods the size of telephone poles are deployed.
- These would be made out of tungsten — a rare metal that can stand the intense heat generated by entering Earth’s atmosphere.
- One satellite fires the rods towards the Earth’s atmosphere while the other steers them to a target on the ground.
- Reaching speeds of 7000mph they hit the ground with the force of a small nuclear weapon — but crucially creating no radiation fall out.
- As bizarre as it sounds, a US Congressional report recently revealed the military has been pushing ahead with the kinetic space weapons.
Molten metal cannons
- This intriguing idea is being developed by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
- It is called the Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition or MAHEM.
- This game changing rail-gun can fire a jet of molten metal, hurled through space at several hundred miles per second by the most powerful electromagnets ever built.
- The molten metal can then morph into an aerodynamic slug during flight and pierce through another spacecraft or satellite and a munition explodes inside.
Space force ships
- Already the United States is powering head with its spacecraft, although China is busy developing one of their own.
- The top secret American XS-1 under development by DARPA.
- It can travel ten times the speed of sound and launch missiles.
- Meanwhile an unmanned craft is currently being developed in the China Aerodynamics Research and Development Centre in Mianyang, Sichuan province, which is also known as Base 29.
Earlier this year, the US Air Force’s Will Roper revealed plans to build a whole fleet of flying cars.
“We want to have 30 vehicles in the Air Force by 2030,” Roper told reporters during a video call in April, according to Military.com.
A number of firms are racing to develop the world’s first eVTOL okayed for public flights, primarily with the goal of launching flying taxi services.
Uber, for instance, is developing a space-age cab that will jet passengers between “Skyports” in Dallas and Los Angeles from 2023.
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In other new, the US recently tested an intercontinental ballistic missile amid rising tensions with China and Russia.
Virgin Galactic has unveiled plans for a new super-jet that could whisk passengers from London to New York in 90 minutes.
And, billionaire Sir Richard Branson will rocket into space aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship next year, the company has announced.
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