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My guess is this will be for rich folks...
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My guess is this will be for rich folks...
Please read the entire article before posting.
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Uber's vehicles will be emissions-free, said Holden, and can still fly even if any single part fails. At launch, UberAir will be the same price as Uber X, and eventually the company hopes to make it cheaper than driving your own car. "Uber wouldn't even build something like this if it wasn't for everyone," said Holden.
post #13 of 26
They need SpaceX to design it... Even the FAlcon 9 can still make it to orbit with a payload with an engine blowing up mid-flight as it did a year or two back.... Now with the recent Merlin 1D+ engine exploding during the initial testing for flight readiness..well that might be a different story...


The entire way we commute needs a massive overhaul. Automated cars are great but that will still lead to traffic jams and congestion. I like the Boring idea but there's still massive infrastructure problems with that...planes or whatever these are, human capacity drones I guess? Either way NASA is still awesome just a little shrouded in regulation at the moment...heck when was the last time we sent someone to space orbit?
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Please read the entire article before posting.

You assume that I didn't read this tiny article, but I did. It is still corporate advertising and I am skeptical...thumb.gif
Edited by essanbee - 11/9/17 at 4:48am
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Looks like a small plane/chopper to me. Not a car. If that is the case, why is NASA involved?

The first A is aeronautics.
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Passenger drones have been around for a couple years now. There are already autonomous models...



Edited by Slomo4shO - 11/8/17 at 6:57pm
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Please read the entire article before posting.

Your assume that I didn't read this tiny article, but I did. It is still corporate advertising and I am skeptical...thumb.gif

Uber has a lot of money to burn. You underestimate them like many did when they first started.
post #18 of 26
I wonder how they are going to deal with congested air space... Especially when multiple companies start doing this. The sky's are gona start looking like Coruscant rolleyes.gif
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but wait. Its an aeroplane, and they have been known to fail. Craft should be more like a drone design (3 or more engines) to have some sort of safety over heavy populations.

Automobiles have been known to fail too.

Regardless, most fixed wing aircraft with two engines can fly with one just as easily as most quadcopters with four engines can fly with three.

Even the V-22 Osprey, which is an overly complex over-engineered death trap, relatively speaking, can fly with one engine.
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There is such a thing as a whole plane parachute.

Ballistic parachutes are actually mandatory in some areas and even when they aren't their weight usually isn't counted against limits for things like ultralights and light-sport aircraft when it comes to licencing requirements.
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This article is the biggest load I've seen in a while.

What could possibly be the point of making such announcements?
    
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