The new ‘Star Wars’ vertical take-off aircraft could change the way we travel as it can fly non-stop for 22 hours
US startup Aura Aerospace claims the design of their Ranger aircraft can fly further than any airliner, while boasting vertical takeoff and landing capability.
The aircraft’s range of 11,000 miles, or 22 hours of flight time, far exceeds the longest one-way flight of 9,527 miles from New York City to Singapore.
The Aura Aerospace aircraft seats five, has a bathroom and runs on sustainable aviation fuel. Interesting technique reports.
The Ranger’s octocopter configuration uses eight 70-inch two-blade propellers hanging from the front and rear of the huge main wing for its vertical takeoffs and landings.
Once this Star Wars-esque vehicle is airborne, two turbofan jet engines generate forward cruising speed.
During the voyage, the aircraft’s propellers stop and align with their support struts before miniature pontoons retract to cover the propellers and reduce drag. News Atlas reports.
After this plane’s propellers are stored, the Ranger’s cruising speed increases to 510 miles per hour.
Commercial airlines fly between 550 and 600 miles per hour because the air at their 30,000 foot altitude is thicker than the air at this plane’s 10,000 foot altitude.
But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which we’ve seen recently.
Archer, a ride-sharing flight platform, produced an air taxi called Midnight.
Midnight is a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a top speed of 150 miles per hour, a flight range of 100 miles and a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet.
United Airlines has already paid deposit for 100 Midnight models and confirmed plans to use Archer to offer air taxi service between Manhattan and Newark Airport in New Jersey.
The distance between Manhattan and Newark Airport is about 30 miles, so Midnight’s fare would allow a passenger to complete the journey in 10 minutes.
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