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Is it a helicopter or a plane? This all electric air taxi is both…

13 March 2018

Cora is an air taxi designed and built by Kitty Hawk that combines electric power, self-piloting software and vertical take-off for a whole new flying experience.

Cora (Credit: Kitty Hawk)

Cora is designed to raise like a helicopter and fly like a plane, powered by 12 independent lift fans. This would eliminate the need for a runway and gives the possibility of taking off from rooftops in virtually any location. 

The self-flying technology is used in conjunction with human oversight, to make flying possible for people without training. It’s equipped with three independent flight-computers that calculates the location, so if any problems occur Cora can reliably navigate using its own data. Also, because the fans and propellers are electric, they can operate independently so any issues won’t affect the rest of the plane. 

Cora is currently being developed in New Zealand, a country with strong airspace management and a high safety-focused regulatory environment. 

Click here to watch the launch video from Kitty Hawk.

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