Terrafugia’s TF-X is nothing short of extraordinary or visionary, which is why the green light given by America’s FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is such a huge milestone.
For those who have not heard of the TF-X, it is an electric four-seater vehicle small enough to fit into your garage and fly - literally something out of The Jetsons movie. The vehicle is able to takeoff vertically, without the need for a full length runway like that of an airplane and it is also semi-autonomous.
The authorisation allows Terrafugia to fly a scaled down version (one tenth) of the TF-X for Research and Development (R&D) purposes. In particular, this permit is for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and allows Terrafugia to fly its TF-X prototype up to 121.9m (400 feet) with speeds of under 160.9kmh (100 mph).
Why is it important you may ask? Without this green light by the FAA, Terrafugia’s vision the TF-X, will not able to proceed to any testing phase. Currently, the TF-X is still in its early stage of R&D where extensive tests are needed to be carried out, in particular wind tunnel testing and aerodynamic simulation which is pivotal to the vehicle’s final design.
Still don’t quite believe that this flying vehicle is actually in development and want more facts? Read all about it here.
By Geralyne Kaye / December 23, 2015 2:21PM GMT+8 Singapore
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