ASKA™ 3.0 (concept design)
Los Altos, California, USA www.askafly.com
Founded in 2018 in Los Altos, California, USA, ASKA™ is developing a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) passenger aircraft that will work both as an aircraft and ground car (or a drive-fly vehicle). The company opened a modern showroom for the public in Los Altos on April 15, 2021.
The company foresees door-to-door same road-and-air vehicle as the best method for the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. A big advantage for this vehicle is there is no need to travel to airports and there will be no need to pay for on-demand ground taxi service. The passenger's entire trip will be in one vehicle. The company will eventually transition the aircraft to be an all electric aircraft when battery technology has enough energy density to fly long distances and are completely safe to use for air travel.
ASKA™ 3.0 hybrid-electric VTOL passenger concept design roadable aircraft
The ASKA™ 3.0 is a hybrid-electric VTOL passenger concept design roadable aircraft that holds four passengers, flies semi-autonomously and requires a pilot’s license to operate. The ASKA™ 3.0 was originally a production model but eventually became a concept design aircraft. The ASKA™ 3.0 has an estimated maximum cruise speed of 150 mph (941 km/h) and a range of 250 m (402 km). The aircraft is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) operations. The cabin has plenty of room for luggage.
The aircraft has four propellers on V-shaped retractable booms for VTOL flight and has a retractable high tilt-wing with two propellers used for both VTOL and forward flight. Wide and high windows provide excellent visibility for the passengers. The aircraft has a small V-tail and has fixed quadricycle wheels used for both landing gear and ground travel. The aircraft's booms and wings fold back for ground travel and then are extend for flight.
At the time of making this concept design aircraft, the company expected to fly a full-scale ASKA™ 3.0 prototype in 2023 with FAA certification by 2026 but this did not happen with the 3.0 aircraft. The company was originally pre-selling the vehicle for a total of $789,000.00 USD with a $5,000.00 USD deposit (the price included pilot training) in early 2021.
Electric Motors: 6 electric motors for the propellers (4 electric motors for the wheels)
Power source: Hybrid-electric gas engine
Batteries: Backup batteries if the gas engine fails
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Dimensions: 20 feet long X 40 feet wide (6.1 meters X 12.2 meters)
Windows: Panoramic windows with a wrap around window design allowing forward, left, right
Wings: 1 high wing
Landing gear: Four fixed landing wheels
Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.
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