Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Larry Page’

Larry Page’s flying car startup is opening up to public test flights

By  – Contributing writer

The Mountain View-based flying car startup backed by Google and Alphabet cofounder Larry Page this week unveiled a new, sleeker flying vehicle that it says is safe enough to hand over to flight tests with the public — no previous flight experience required.

Kitty Hawk invited a reporter from CNN to take the new Flyer out over Nevada’s Lake Las Vegas, the company’s current testing grounds. Unlike last year’s prototype, which looked like a motorcycle-sized drone, the Flyer has 10 rotors, two pontoons and a stripped-down cockpit with simple controls.

CNN reporter Rachel Crane said she took about an hour’s worth of lessons before taking flight.

The Flyer is classified as an ultralight aircraft, which means it needs to weigh less than 254 pounds, and can’t be flown at night or over people. It runs on electricity, hovers around 10 feet above the water, reaches speeds of 20 mph and delivers about 20 minutes of flight before its batteries need to be recharged.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »