Urban Aeronautics to Develop Four Passenger Flying Car
21 May, 2017
CityHawk will combine a compact, car-sized design that has a four passenger capacity, no exposed rotors or wings, no batteries and potential for zero carbon emissions
Metro Skyways Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics plans to develop of a four-passenger, Vertical-Takeoff and Landing (VTOL), ﬂying car based on Urban Aeronautics’ internal rotor technology, Fancraft™. Metro Skyways was established by Urban Aeronautics in 2013 to focus exclusively on developing Fancraft for the manned, civil market. CityHawk will be designed to meet FAA/EASA certiﬁcation standards for manned VTOL aircraft.
CityHawk will combine a compact, car-sized design that has a four passenger capacity, no exposed rotors or wings, no batteries and potential for zero carbon emissions. It will be fueled by Hydrogen and its only byproduct is pure H2O. The development of CityHawk is expected to take ﬁve years and draws on UrbanAero’s experience in developing and ﬂight testing its 1 ton, unmanned Cormorant that is being developed by the company’s subsidiary, Tactical Robotics Ltd.
Based on Cormorant’s proved technology
CityHawk will be similar to Cormorant in shape and size. Cormorant has so far accumulated in excess of 200 ﬂight tests. CityHawk’s ﬁrst public demonstration will take place at an airshow shortly after completion of development. While CityHawk will initially be piloted by a human pilot, the vehicle’s ﬂight control and ﬂight management systems will be capable of a high degree of autonomy. This technology is being developed and tested on Tactical Robotics’ Cormorant prototype which already ﬂies fully autonomously. As the technology of autonomy and regulatory infrastructure mature, CityHawk will eventually transport passengers robotically.
The company reported that all CityHawks will be equipped with a standard rocket deployed parachute that will bring them safely down to the ground should any ﬂight critical event occur while airborne. Urban Aeronautics is currently talking with potential partners and investors interested in participating in funding the CityHawk project.