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GAMMA-RAY ELECTRON BEAM TRANSDUCER
United States Patent Application 20180294617
A method and means to produce a propulsion force comprises a source of electrons and means to produce pseudoelectrons. A gravitating body such as the Earth provides a repulsive fifth force on the pseudoelectrons. Pseudoelectrons are produced by absorption of high-energy photons by electrons. The pseudoelectrons experience a fifth force (F2) away from the Earth and move upward away from the Earth. To use this F2 device for propulsion, the repulsive fifth force on the pseudoelectrons is transferred to a negatively charged plate. The Coulombic repulsion between the pseudoelectrons and the negatively charged plate causes the plate to lift. The craft may additionally be imparted with angular momentum along an axis defined by the gravitational force, and the craft may be tilted to move the vector away from the axis where a component of acceleration tangential to a surface of a gravitating body is achieved via conservation of angular momentum.
New Future Transportation (NFT) is developing an electric car prototype with wings that aims to solve congestion and also be affordable at $50,000.
You start the car, pull out of the parking lot and hit the road. So far — a routine trip. Now, select flight mode. A pair of wings comes out of the sides of your vehicle and you take off for your destination.
Like the cars in Ridley Scott’s masterpiece “Blade Runner” flying over a dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, the prototype of the vehicle being developed by Silicon Valley-based New Future Transportation (NFT) is theoretically set to sail the skies of the Bay Area in October next year.
NFT Inc. is aiming for the Model T of flying cars and their prototype, which will be able to take off or land vertically and fly on auto-pilot, will be unveiled in Las Vegas
Will flying cars take off at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show?
Well, sort of.
The prototypes won’t be soaring over the Las Vegas Strip during the technology extravaganza which runs from January 8-11.
But a number of flying car designs will be on display, portending what many see as an inevitable airborne future for short-range transport with vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL.
NFT Inc. co-founders Maki and Guy Kaplinsky, a couple developing a flying vehicle in Israel and California, will have their vision on display at show, with a media session on Sunday.
“We believe we have a winning design that will enable us to make the Model T of flying cars — a low-cost production model,” Guy Kaplinsky told AFP in a Silicon Valley office park where a prototype model was being assembled.
A doorway to the rear of the NFT office in Mountain View opened onto large blue tarps hung from the ceiling to hide the workshop.
A team of veteran aviation engineers is focused on research at the startup’s facility in Israel, and the founders plan to expand the staff of 15 people.
The startup is designing hardware and software, while enlisting original equipment manufacturers to crank out products at scale.
“We learned from Tesla that Elon Musk spent too much time on the production side,” Guy Kaplinsky said.
“We are spending our time on the technology side and will partner with companies on assembly.”
The NFT vehicle with a projected price tag of $50,000 will function as a car, but be able to take off or land vertically and fly on auto-pilot.
Several companies, including Uber and start-ups backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, are working on people-carrying drones or similar flying vehicles.
In Japan, volunteers in a “Cartivator” group are out to build a “Skydrive” flying car and have set their sights on using one to light the flame at the opening of the Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020.
The crowdfunded effort has gotten backing from Japanese auto giant Toyota, where some Cartivator members work.
A scaled-down replica of “Toyota’s flying car” is to be shown at CES.
“Our team consists of people with diverse professional backgrounds and is working hard every weekend towards developing the flying car,” the group said at a cartivator.com website.
“We aim to build a prototype, establish theory of flight control, as well as form alliances with major corporations to make mass production of the flying car a reality.”
NFT is working to marry a plane with a car, meaning no airports or heliports would be needed.
“We believe door-to-door is the solution,” Kaplinsky said.
“Our approach is more for the mom and three kids; you load everyone in the car one time and get where you need to go.”
A smartphone mapping application could be paired to a navigation center hosted in the internet cloud, routing drivers to takeoff points and providing instructions to auto-pilots in cars.
The electric powered NFT vehicle is targeting ranges of 310 miles flying (500 km) and 60 miles driving (100 km).
Kaplinsky said the startup seesUS Federal Aviation Administration approval as early as 2024.
He expected to have a drive-fly vehicle ready to demonstrate late next year.
Kaplinsky felt it likely that, in the long run, flying cars would be part of ride-sharing fleets to make better use than those owned by individuals.
Gartner automotive analyst Mike Ramsey says autonomous flying vehicles are coming, but won’t disrupt the way people travel.
Ramsey said cost, regulation, and battery life are just a few of the hurdles for flying vehicles.
“There still has to be a limit to the number of these things that can be in the air at once,” he said/
While one person with a flying car may be amazing, 500 people in a city darting about in flying cars could bode airborne mayhem.
With the help of engineers from Israeli defense industries, and with funds from the sale of his previous company to General Electric, Guy Kaplinsky is setting out to compete with Hoover and Airbus and develop an Israeli flying car.
“Soon, we won’t only drive and move around on the ground, we’ll also use a flying car, which would enable us to land on roofs and in parking lots on the upper levels of buildings,” Guy Kaplinsky, the co-founder and Chairman of New Future Transportation (NFT ), tells Ynet in an exclusive interview, the first since the startup exited stealth mode.
“The need for change is obvious, due to the increasing congestion in large cities and the ever-increasing traffic problems,” Kaplinsky adds.
A flying car is the “Holy Grail” of the auto and aviation industries, the next revolution after the electric and self-driving car. According to an analysis done by Research and Market, the market reach of manned aerial vehicles based on electric engines is expected to reach $7 billion in 2028. Hoover, Airbus and other big companies are working on their own projects in the field, using different technologies, some of which resemble large quadocopters, while others look like small airplanes.
Kaplinsky’s concept is different: a real dual-use vehicle that can move both in the air and on the ground, the size of a family car with seats for 2-4 passengers, and with an electric propulsion and self-driving systems for driving and flying. It is a vehicle that would not need a special parking spot or a designated landing space. Best of all, it would allow anyone to quickly commute door-to-door from home to work and back again. The price tag would be slightly higher than that of a family car.
Prior to NFT, Kaplinsky founded IQP Corporation with Maki, his wife and business partner, in 2013. The company developed a platform that enables companies to develop their own internet applications without the need for coding. IQP was headquartered in Japan with an R&D center in Israel and was sold in 2017 to General Electric for around $40 million.
NFT is seeking to raise $15 million in funding for their flying car project. The plan is to introduce the first prototype, which would showcase the aerodynamics, ignition and autonomic systems of the vehicle next year, and reach mass production in 2021-2022.
“In Japan, I worked a lot with the local auto industry,” Kaplinsky explains. “I had already come up with the idea of a flying car then, but we were busy with our previous company. After moving to California and selling that company, now it’s the right time to develop the idea.”
You are competing with big companies with a lot of experience in aviation and massive budgets. What do you know that they don’t?
“Many companies in the market are developing a product called a flying car, but it is nothing more than a large quadocopter with 8-18 electric engines. We are working on a different product, which is indeed a flying car, but one that would be able to move on the ground, fly in the air and find a standard parking space at the end of the journey. Our advantages include highly experienced Israeli engineers who think out of the box, Israeli and Japanese engineers working together, special developments in the aerodynamic fields, which include the combination of a car and flight.”
To find the best engineering talent for the venture, Kaplinsky recruited engineers from the Israel Aerospace Industries and from Elbit Systems, including those with FAA certification experience and graduates from Stanford and other Ivy League universities. The company is based in Mountain View in the Silicon Valley and is set to open an office in Netanya.
“We are a US-based Israeli company, which integrates fresh young engineering talent with senior engineers with 45 years of experience in the aviation field,” Kaplinsky notes. “You have to have someone who has already run this marathon once if you want to win.” The company is currently recruiting additional engineering talent with experience in structural engineering, flight control and design.
Kaplinsky won’t reveal the full configuration of the vehicle NFT is building just yet, but he says the strategy is to create a flying vehicle that would be as accessible as possible in terms of its price, rather than being not a “toy” for the rich.
“We are building a Toyota Corolla, not a Ferrari. This vehicle will be driven by propellers, it will be a hybrid and later on completely electric. The goal is to build a vehicle that would allow the users to travel a distance of up to 200 km and reach a large city in less than an hour, door-to-door. It will not be an aerial taxi, like some of the other companies are planning, but a vehicle for personal use,” he explains.
To overcome the need for a flying permit, the company plans a vehicle that would be able to fly autonomously while its user would only need to set the destination. “The user will only have to press a button and the vehicle will take off. The aviation authorities already allow unmanned aerial vehicles to fly autonomously in civil flight routes, although it has not yet been approved for a manned vehicle,” says Kaplinsky. “Large companies are already working on a control system for flying cars, for the new aerial traffic.”
Meanwhile, Kaplinsky is also building a future supplier base: “We have a strategic partner, a senior European supplier from the auto industry, and we are in process of signing with Japanese suppliers. They also understand that flying cars are something that is going to happen and want to be part of this new field. We want to work with suppliers from the auto industry because they are experts in producing quality components that are not as expensive. Therefore, we will be using ‘off-the-shelf’ components. The serial production will be carried out through an existing auto manufacturer and we are already in talks with several.”
A WINGLESS flying car with “land anywhere” technology is set to hit the skies in 2021.
Israeli manufacturer Urban Aeronautics said its CityHawk model will be unleashed in less than three years.
It has 1,000 horsepower with “genuine fly anywhere, land anywhere capability”.
An Aeronautics spokesman described the vehicle as “a true equivalent to a ground taxi or family sedan in both appearance and passenger capacity”.
Its technology was successfully tested earlier this year, with the first manned flights penned in for 2021.
The spokesman added: “Its uniquely compact, ‘wingless’ fuselage and ‘six-degrees-of-freedom-uncoupled’ flight modes deliver true, unencumbered, three-dimensional access and mobility.
“This places it as the first in its class with genuine fly-anywhere, land-anywhere capability.
“Initial development and testing will utilise two, 1,000 horsepower class, turboshaft engines coupled to electric power generators for operating the vehicle’s thruster propellers.
“Upon the issuance of an FAA ‘Type Certificate’ for the basic air vehicle, the company will transition the design of the main power supply for CityHawk to 100% clean, hydrogen propulsion.
“The pre-production ‘configuration freeze’ for CityHawk is the result of having successfully completed a series of customer demonstrations of the company’s unmanned variant, Cormorant, at Urban’s second subsidiary’s, Tactical Robotics Ltd.
“The one-tonne Cormorant has so far completed 250 flights validating the technology that is behind both Cormorant and CityHawk.
“CityHawk’s design is identical to the Cormorant’s configuration however it will be equipped with two engines.”
Earlier this month Daily Star Online revealed that Aston Martin showed off a futuristic flying car that can travel from London to Liverpool in one hour.
In a concept video, the brand showed the three-seater hybrid-electric vehicle at the Farnborough Airshow.
It will be able to hit speeds of 200mph if it hits the skies.
Mobility experts claim it’s just a matter of time before flying cars will be swooping towards a location near you and it turns out some of the first prototypes of these autonomous aerial vehicles are being developed right here in Israel.
Just ask Rafi Yoeli, a veteran of aerospace research and development, who was recently noted as “one of the founding fathers of the unmanned vehicle industry” by US tech industry publisher TechCrunch. Yoeli has put together a team of experts from the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for his Yavne-based company Urban Aeronautics to develop a compact vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle to lift cargo or people in emergency situations, he tells NoCamels.
Yoeli spoke to a group of international and Israeli mobility leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors about whether flying cars are in their future at the TechCrunch Mobility Conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday, the publication’s inaugural one-day event featuring notable industry experts and the best of Israeli tech in the mobility field. It wrapped up TechCrunch’s five-day Tel Aviv Innovation Week, which began on June 3rd.
“There is an awakening of realization that the aerial taxi is a real thing that will happen in the next few years,” Yoeli told NoCamels prior to the conference.
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At the conference, TechCrunch took a real interest in the concept of flying cars, asking Waze co-founder Uri Levine during a panel discussion titled “The Future of Transportation” if he would ever travel in one.
After a long pause, Levine replied “Why not?” before quickly pointing out that “flying cars will probably always be illegal in Israel,” given its geo-political situation.
During the discussion, Levine said that travelers and commuters were looking at three main factors when considering transportation, speed, cost, and convenience and that while flying cars may be faster, traveling in them is not likely to be cheap.
Dave Waiser, the CEO and founder of Gett, seemed more enthused, saying the prospect of traveling in a flying car “could be fun,” though there is always the issue of safety.
Both entrepreneurs envisioned a future where cars are driverless, with Levine saying that the generation after the next one will “think we were crazy for driving our own cars.” Waiser said that in 50 years, people will no longer have or need driver’s licenses.
Yoeli was set to hold his own panel discussion about the future of flying cars alongside Eviation Aircraft CEO Omer Bar-Yohay, whose company is developing an all-electric aircraft that flies nine passengers plus two crew members from city to city.
Yoeli’s Urban Aeronautics has been working on a prototype for what it calls the Cormorant, an airborne vehicle that company says will likely find use in war. It is set to be launched in 2021.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a single-engine passenger drone in the works by Urban Aeronautics subsidiary Tactical Robotics. It would be capable of flying and operating inside complex and natural environments where it can be difficult for regular helicopters or other aerial vehicles to maneuver or land, the company says.
The aircraft, Yoeli explains, is “like a helicopter, but without the exposed rotors.” Still, he adds, it “doesn’t look at all like a helicopter” and insists it’s much more “like a car” in that it is the size of a small truck or van.
Like a helicopter, however, the Cormorant will likely be used as an evacuation vehicle in search and rescue operations, there are some key differences between this UAV and a typical helicopter that make it ideal for emergency situations. First, of course, is the fact that it doesn’t need a pilot inside the aircraft – an important breakthrough. Instead, the aircraft can be controlled from the ground or it can be set to fly autonomously.
Helicopters have their limitations, Yoeli points out. They have difficulty maneuvering and landing in certain environments, and sometimes have to land miles away because of difficult terrain. This would not happen with the Cormorant, as it is designed to land in areas that are not possible for the traditional helicopter, he says. A search and rescue helicopter also has a crew, which easily be put in harm’s way, he adds.
Perhaps the biggest difference between Urban Aeronautics’ Cormorant and the traditional VTOL helicopter has to do with the helicopter’s external front and rear rotors, supporting the weight of the helicopter and helping to thrust it forward. A helicopter’s blades can easily get rammed in narrow spaces and cut power lines, he says.
“These rotors get in the way of a search and rescue operation and cannot get into obstructed terrains,” Yoeli says, which doesn’t make them ideal for rescuing injured soldiers. The Cormorant, on the other hand, will have rotors located inside the aircraft, which will not only be safer for landing and for allowing people to stand closer to the aircraft, but it will also be much quieter, even blending with city traffic.
The Cormorant can reach speeds of up to 115mph (185 km per hour) and altitude of up to 18,000 feet (about 5.4 km). It can carry as much as 1,100 pounds (almost 500 kg), the company says.
The aircraft made its first solo flight in November 2016 and despite minor glitches, the test was a success, Urban Aeronautics says.
Since then, the company has conducted over 250 test flights with its prototype.
Yoeli tells NoCamels that the idea for the Cormorant came after the Second Lebanon War in 2006. It was at this point that the Israel Defense Forces realized it needed a new kind of vehicle to rescue wounded soldiers. “Helicopters could not land near where the person was injured,” Yoeli explains, noting that the terrain sloped in many areas making it extremely difficult for a helicopter to touch ground.
“The helicopter would end up needing to land at least a kilometer (a little more than half a mile) away. It was the same problem in Iraq, Afghanistan — especially in urban areas,” he says.
It would also take up to five-and-a-half hours to ferry the wounded from the front lines back to the hospital. The goal was to do it in one hour, Yoeli says, which is what the Cormorant is capable of doing now.
Having no pilot in the aircraft, the Cormorant is said to be able to enter situations too risky for helicopters and deliver supplies or cargo as well as evacuate up to two casualties from the battlefield and transfer them to a base for medical treatment.
Last month, Tactical Robotics completed its first live demonstration of the unmanned aerial rescue vehicle with representatives of the Israel Defense Forces. The milestone was announced at the Israel Combat Rescue and Emergency Medicine conference where the company also presented its unmanned aircraft system.
Yoeli says he hopes the IDF will be the company’s first customer, followed by others.
The company is also working on a manned version of the Cormorant, called the CityHawk, which will be able to hold a maximum of five passengers plus a pilot. Yoeli told Vertical magazine last month that the company “plans to start establishing a certification basis for CityHawk together with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or Transport Canada as early as this year.”
The Cormorant, too, is tailored to meet FAA requirements for powered lift vehicles though it has not been fully approved yet.
Yoeli says that whether or not flying cars may be in our near future, Urban Aeronautics’ aircraft “has a groundbreaking capability that will change the face of aviation.”