The Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle built by Trek Aerospace is a single pilot vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) vehicle that supports the operator/pilot in a standing position
The Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle built by Trek Aerospace is a single pilot vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle that supports the operator/pilot in a standing position
The Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle is powered by a single 118 hp rotary engine, which drives two counter-rotating fans housed in one meter diameter ducts on each side of the aircraft above the pilot
The Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle is controlled by a fly-by-wire computer system that can tilt each fan individually to control pitch and yaw
With an empty weight of 375 pounds (170 kilograms), the Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle can carry a payload of 358 pounds (162 kilograms). With a full tank, the maximum take off weight is 834 pounds (378 kilograms)
Last week we reported on the two-seater Hummel helicopter concept and mentioned that it looked very similar to the SoloTrek XFV (Exo-skeletal Flying Vehicle) backpack helicopter flown in the movie Agent Cody Banks. We haven't had a close look at this Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle but, although the design was first tested in 2003, it's still a unique form of transport that we hope to see more of in the future.
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