Jetson Aero Speeder, Your Personal Racing Drone
Poznan, Poland-based Jetson Aero has completed initial flights of what it hopes will be a personal drone fast and nimble enough to make for entertaining racing. For now, though, the Jetson Speeder is less an aerial go-kart and more an eight-motor aircraft-aluminum H with a carbon-fiber seat in the middle.
In the video below, the proof-of-concept Speeder completes a series of low-altitude, low-speed maneuvers in Tuscany, Italy, during its second flight. Lofted by eight 18-HP motors claimed to produce 94 pounds of thrust each, the Speeder is said to have a maximum speed of 62 MPH (100 KPH) and 15-20 minutes’ endurance. Weight with batteries is said to be 166 pounds.
There is no doubt a lot of R&D and flight test between the basic prototype and the company’s conception of sleek racing craft, though the unducted props raise the possibility of unsportsmanlike conduct on the race course.
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