The American company Terrafugia is developing a flying vehicle, known as the TF-X. The first prototype will be ready for testing in 2018; while commercialization would begin in 2024.
The concept created by this company has folding wings with twin electric motors attached to each end and projecting a power of 300 horsepower. These motors allow the TF-X to go from a vertical to a horizontal position. The thrust will be provided by a guided flow fan. The vehicle will be able to reach a cruising speed of 322 km / h and has a flight range of 805 km.
Terrafugia noted that its goal is to provide "true door-to-door transportation" with a vehicle capable of being parked in a garage like a normal car. However, an advance of these characteristics requires specific systems, such as having a semi-automatic driving. To fly it, a control computer will be necessary, which will have the last word on whether it is possible to land at the destination, previously indicated, or whether a landing attempt should be aborted at any time.
The company presented the model during the annual meeting of the Association of Experimental Aircraft, in the United States. There, he provided an animation showing how the vehicle works. The TF-X takes off by tilting the electric motor propellers 90 degrees and, as it moves to initiate flight, the propellers rotate around until they are parallel to the body of the vehicle. When the flow-guided fan is activated, the propellers stop rotating and return to their initial position, along the ship.
The company is testing a one-tenth scale model in the Wright brothers' wind tunnel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The tests allow testing of various aspects such as drag forces, lift and even thrust.[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJTZ7k0BXU[/embedyt]