Airborn EcoCraft

Inspired by airships and paragliding sports, the Sky Voyage concept aims to expand traffic networks to the sky by utilizing airspace to relieve urban traffic congestion on the ground. The hybrid glider/airship can take off vertically by inflating the gasbag in an upright position. Once airborn, the craft can be maneuvered through the wind with assistance from a hydrogen fuel-cell powered turbine engine.

Designer: Jet Shao

31 Comments

  • dafin says:

    superb!

  • Quintin says:

    Oh, yes… I’d really like all those people who can’t even drive a car properly to start flying around. Give them another dimension AND the wind to deal with.

    Interesting looking design, but I don’t see personal air transportation replacing cars…

  • Jimmy C says:

    @Quintin: Well if you can’t drive a car, you wouldn’t BE driving a helicopter, now would you?

    Certainly unique. I couldn’t claim to understand the science, but it seems logical. Good job!

  • Quintin says:

    @Jimmy C: If this machine was to be used to relieve urban traffic congestion on the ground, then many people would have to be flying around in these.

    This would include the people who use their phone while driving, drive while drunk or simply can’t drive properly (or are reckless).

    I only see this ‘personal air transportation’ idea working if it works exclusively on autopilot.

  • VTOL Qwerty says:

    I think the tag line says it all “Form Beyond Function.” Meaning, it looks good, who cares if it is “practical.” Let’s think about this sitting on the ground when a wind comes along. Oh well. Or flying with any wind?

    If you want something practical, with 4 place utility, real range and speed, check out the Helodyne (www.Helodyne.com).

  • I await seeing you float one of these into Airventure.

    I think this machine has every bit of practicality that the Helidyne has. Exactly as much, I’d say.

    I love that there are no pictures of the Helidyne, as they might reveal too much for their pending patents, they say. The Helidyne and this aircraft are in a similar stage of development, stuck at the hard-edged interface between dreams and the real world.

    Like I say, let’s see you fly either of them to Oshkosh for the EAA’s annual celebration of all things that fly.

  • Evan D. says:

    Hmm… According to the photos it looks like it could lift off just fine with the wing in the vertical position. would the added lift of a horizontal airfoil really be needed? Or is it just to lessen the effect of crosswinds?

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