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For flights in the Far Eastern Federal District, an unmanned aerial taxi is being developed
An unmanned aerial taxi that can transport passengers up to 500 km at a cruising speed of 500 km / h is being developed in Russia. It is assumed that such a vehicle will be used in cities with a population of over one million, as well as in regions of the Far East.
As they say "News"They want to equip their taxi and take-off parking lots with navigation and fueling equipment. The first experimental model is planned to be created by 2025.
The authors of the idea are developers from the National Technology Initiative (NTI). According to their idea, a new type of vehicle will be able to take four passengers or 500 kg of cargo at a time. At the same time, air taxi, according to them, will be able to move in difficult weather conditions, to land in strong winds and in tight spaces.
A high speed apparatus will provide a gas turbine unit connected to an electric generator. It will power six stationary motors through a supercapacitor battery. Power electronics will be created from silicon carbide, and the body - from an alloy of aluminum and scandium.
They plan to keep the cost of the new mode of transport at the level of the price of a premium car, but the price of a trip by air taxi has not yet been announced. Scientists plan to design a lighter model - for one person, as well as a heavier one - for five to seven passengers. However, to use this type of transport, it will be necessary to change Russian legislation, since now for each flight of a drone with a take-off mass of more than 30 kg, you need to obtain a special permit from the Zone Center of the Unified Air Traffic Management System.