Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Drones

How not to think this film of the 1960s, “These wonderful men in flying their of machines” and the heroic aviation time when we see the wave of innovations made by drones in the aerospace sector. More and more creators of startups dream of being the first to market drones dedicated to the passenger transport. Last competitor in the running, not to cross the channel, but simply to rise from a few meters a passenger, Flyt Aerospace. Its founder is already at the origin of a whole line of more or less successful prototypes, but this crazy wheel clings to his dream, marketed the FlytCycle, a module of automated transport powered by 12 propellers.

Flyt Aerospace, a startup created in a Silicon Valley garage


Electric motors, Lithium-Ion batteries and carbon fiber have replaced wood, canvas and oil engines, but the spirit of the pioneers of aviation blows in the world of aviation. Both the United States, Europe and Asia. Ehang 184 in China, Volocopter in Germany, AirMule in Israel and soon Airbus, the drone of passenger transport concept is attracting many projects more or less realistic, more or less advanced. It is in 2013 Ansel Misfeldt began working on his project of drone of transport. His consultant at the Boston Consulting Group’s career seemed mapped to started to assemble his first prototype in a Silicon Valley garage. The story reported by the founder of Flyt wants the first prototype, the Mark I has been assembled on the Ikea kitchen table. From the third prototype, the Mark III, Ansel Misfeldt abandons the engines gasoline for a 100% electric. Over the prototypes, the inventor will test different configurations with 4, 8, 16 propellers, with loads of the order of 50 to 100 kg load. Latest prototype to date, Flyt 16 counts 16 propellers that allow it to remove the 175 kg of the device with its batteries and his passenger for ten minutes of flight.
If the videos published by Flyt Aerospace show some of the multiple flights with a passenger, there is much still to do before reaching a real means of transport. The result of this research, the FlytCycle should have 12 propellers in a double Hexagon configuration. The total weight will be between 125 and 180 Kg depending on the number of on-board batteries. Expected autonomy is of the order of 20 to 30-minute flight with current batteries. Ansel Misfeldt aims initially amusement parks before the individual transport, the transport of goods in civil security or military applications.

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