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Hoversurf Drone Taxi R-1

Drone Taxi R-1
Moscow, Russia (and Burlingame, California, USA)

The Hoversurf Drone Taxi R-1 is an outgrowth of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Hoversurf Scorpion 3.

The R-1, like the Scorpion, has two forward and two rear vertical propellers for VTOL but are not utilized in flight mode. In addition it has a pusher-prop for flight mode and upward-stowable wings. It employs a hybrid propulsion system design with a free-piston engine (FPE) Venturi engine for electrical power generation and standard gasoline. It can also leverage charging stations for a battery. It carries a single passenger and an automatic flight control system. A patented system would engage the vertical quad of propellers an emergency landing.

Hoversurf has introduced the R-1 as a concept for a single-seat "flying taxi" that can take off and land from a standard parking space. It expects its first commercial drone taxi operation to be launched in 2018. In addition to the Scorpion and drone taxi aircraft, HoverSurf is also developing the Formula, and updated and wingless version of the prior Formula model.