The Hexa is powered by 18 independent rotors and carries one passenger, and depending on the configuration, it can even float on water thanks to the built-in buoys.
The U.S. Air Force has unveiled its prototype flying car, which at least looks ridiculous for something backed by the military. The electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) is called the Hexa, because of the shape formed by the engines above the “cockpit,” and it performed its test flight a few days ago in Texas.
The company that designed and built it, LIFT Aircraft, has been working on it since April to “accelerate the commercial market for advanced aerial mobile vehicles”. As they point out, the Hexa runs 18 independent rotors and transports one passenger, and depending on the configuration, it can even float on water thanks to the built-in buoys.
Unlike some other eVTOLs, which require a pilot’s license to operate, the Hex is operated with a joystick and the rest is taken care of by the autopilot. But before eVTOLs rule the skies over our cities, they will be tested by the U.S. military. Specifically, the Air Force plans to have a “fleet of 30 such vehicles by 2030.”