Boeing and Israeli Tactical Robotics examine joint development of flying car
The agreement between the two companies will examine the option of developing, producing and marketing vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) products
Boeing company said on Wednesday it has signed a partnership agreement with Israel-based aeronautics company Tactical Robotics (formerly AirMule). Financial details were not disclosed.
As part of the agreement, the two companies will explore the development of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) products, including potential uses for piloted autonomous light aircraft based on the Cormorant vehicle.
Tactical Robotics own vertical take-off UAV can conduct emergency response missions such as delivering supplies (food, water) during natural disasters or in combat environments, Boeing said.
Cormorant was designed as a remote-controlled aerial rescue vehicle, able to fly low and inside obstructed terrains.
It can carry up to four patients for medical evacuations. As well as more than 500 kilograms. It takes-off without a designated airstrip, and be transported by truck.
The two companies will also develop ducted fan propulsion technology to be used in both piloted and autonomous light aircraft. This arrangement can enhance airflow velocity and pressure when compared to an open rotor.
- Maximum speed: 97 km (112 mph, 180 km/h) at sea level
- Endurance: up to 5 hours
- Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
- Rate of climb: 5,980 ft/min (30.4 m/s) early prototype
- Payload: 500 kg in a typical 1 h mission for a range of 50 km (27 nmi; 31 mi) (20 minutes reserve)
250 kg for up to 5 h