The basic 2-acre pocket airport
The three-runway, four-acre pocket airport
The head-to-head runway, 8-acre pocket airport
The four runway, 12-acre pocket airport
The CAFE Foundation proposes the development of small, neighborhood airports, at which autonomous electric Suburban Air Vehicles could take off and land
A simulation shows how numerous SAVs could conceivably fly over New York, without colliding in mid-air
A little over a year ago, we told you about NASA’s Green Flight Challenge. The Space Agency is seeking designs for low-cost, quiet, short take-off personal aircraft, that require little if any fossil fuel. The winning design, to be decided next July, will win US$1.6 million in production funds. The competition is being run by NASA’s light-aircraft partner CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency), which envisions the resulting Suburban Air Vehicles (SAVs) taking off and landing at small neighborhood “pocket airports.” At last week’s Future of Electric Vehicles conference, CAFE president Dr. Brien Seeley outlined just how those airports would work.
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