Game of Drones: The Dart – an Exceptional Single Person Aircraft
Research AG is a Swiss-based engineering company with an international team of
engineers and scientists. It develops high tech solutions with the main focus
on disruptive vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Its flagship
development is the Ray-Aircraft, a 5-seater long range VIP VTOL aircraft, and
now the company presents an extremely compact single person aircraft.
With a wingspan of only 2.4m (7.9ft) and a length of 2.0m (6.6ft) it is smaller than many cars. It profits of a hybrid propulsion system with 4 electric motors and a combustion engine. But the most outstanding feature is the ability for silent vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). Thus enabling takeoff and landing on any flat surface – no runway needed. To achieve maximum safety the Dart will use the patent-pending fail-safe electric propulsion system that Ray Research AG has developed for the long-range VIP Ray aircraft. The pilot will enjoy a maximum freedom adventure when flying headfirst powered by the four electric fans. This exceptional aircraft was designed by the Ray Research AG team to compete for the GoFly prize.
GoFly is a Boeing-sponsored competition pushing the boundaries of innovation, engineering and transportation to create a personal flying device for anyone, anywhere. The personal flying device must be safe, quiet, ultra-compact and near-VTOL—capable of carrying a single person for a distance of 20 miles without refueling or recharging. Over the next two years, individuals and teams from around the globe will compete for $2 million in prizes, accessing global experts to bring their ideas to life.