Larry Page funded company unveils BlackFly personal aircraft

BlackFly is a one-seater flying vehicle

BlackFly is a one-seater flying vehicle

It can travel up to 25 miles at 62 mph in the United States, or over 80 mph elsewhere.

It will not even require a pilot's license but even so, Opener said that the rider would undergo a training programme before getting inside the cockpit.

BlackFly is a flying vehicle prototype developed by Palo Alto-based startup Opener.

This makes BlackFly the first "USA-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal VTOL Aircraft".

The Opener BlackFly is a project partly funded by Google co-founder Larry Page, notes the BBC news. As far as safety, the company went for "triple-modular redundant flight systems".

The BlackFly craft is powered by eight propellers attached to two winglike pylons taking the place of a front and rear axle on a vehicle, with four propellers fitted to each pylon.

After nine years of covert development and testing, California-based Opener Inc. revealed what it is calling the world's first ultralight fixed-wing, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft on Thursday.

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Opener's long-term vision is to have these eVTOLs integrated into a rural and urban commuting network patch ideally powered by renewable energy.

'The future of Aviation begins today, Eustace said in a statement. The dream of flight, which was so hard and expensive to obtain, will soon be within the reach of millions.

Californian company Opener has unveiled what it believes is the first flying auto you'll want.

"Watching BlackFly take flight just blew me away", said Darren Pleasance, director of the US Experimental Aircraft Association.

According to the Kitty Hawk site, the machine is "safe, tested and legal to operate in the US", as long as it is flown in 'uncongested areas'. "OPENER has made a huge step forward in bringing the Jetson's world to life". The public is invited to view the vehicles in the Innovation Showcase, booths IC-12A and 13A, and also experience three-dimensional flight by operating the vehicles in a virtual reality simulation.

Overall, the concept is similar to a scaled-up drone, and the BlackFly has been tested autonomously and with human pilots on board in hundreds of test flights. This event prompted the formation of a stealth company with the sole objective of pursuing the development of this new unique technology.

Opener CEO Marcus Leng hopes that the BlackFly flying auto will be ready to go on sale as soon as next year.

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