VTOL Project Zero, the personal electric airplane

Not everyone knows that the first "Aerocarfor civil use it was approved in 1956. A 'Aerocar it is a vehicle like the car but it has wings and it doesn't need roads because it moves in the sky. The flying car sector it's really niche. There are few people who travel with a personal aircraft and the technological challenges to overcome are still numerous. THE

First of all, there is the need for one authorization management to integrate the city ​​air mobility with that of national airspace. To facilitate this, there should be a "drone", or rather aAerocar equipped with an automatic pilot that follows a predetermined route so as to reduce the risk of air accidents. But how will the aerocar of the future? Certainly not a petrol! With the'AgustaWestland Project Zero we witnessed the first flight powered by electric energy.

The British manufacturer AgustaWestland debuted with his Project Zero flying with a electric drive the VTOL. The VTOL (V.erticalT.ake-ORff andLanding, literally vertical take-off and landing) it's a airplane which has the ability to take off and land vertically, just like a helicopter does, without the need for long runways. An airplane prototype VTOL personal, the so-called "flying car”Is the Moller Skycar M400.


The VTOL of the AgustaWestland company differs from all other vertical take-off and landing airplanes for its power supply, the airplane is equipped with electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. The Project Zero it can be used at high altitudes and can whiz in oxygen-poor environments. It is extremely quiet, a factor not to be underestimated if you want to use the VTOL Project Zero to get out of the city flying over the city center!

From a military point of view, the Project Zero VTOL, being little noisy it can be particularly suitable for some missions, moreover, not having a fuel engine can work around thermal sensing systems. The landing and take-off systems have also been modified by replacing the hydraulic ones with electric systems.


The most exciting aspect of the Project Zero lies in the power supply of the batteries. These do not need electric columns o special induction reloads: by tilting the propellers of the Project Zero in a position perpendicular to the wind, they rotate and behave as simple wind turbines able to generate theelectric energy necessary for recharging. The first prototypes of VTOL of the Project Zero they have already passed all the tests, carrying out numerous flights both in 2011 and in 2012. The Project Zero it is equipped with an autopilot and… I wouldn't mind having one in the garage!

Video: project zero flying -agustawestland (October 2020).