ASKA 3.0 (Production Design Model)
Los Altos, California, USA
Founded in 2018, NFT, Inc. (d/b/a ASKA™) is developing a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle that will work both as an aircraft and ground car, i.e., a drive-fly vehicle. The company is headquartered in Los Altos, California, USA, and opened the world’s first flying car showroom in Los Altos on April 15, 2021 and launched pre-orders of the ASKA.
The company's foresees door to door air transportation using the same vehicle with the ability to drive on existing roads and fly in the air, as the best method for emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. A key advantage of ASKA is that there is no need to take a car to an air terminal, park, wait for an air taxi, then search for transport to complete the journey. ASKA needs only a compact space for a launch pad and provides door-to-door transportation in one vehicle. The company will eventually transition ASKA to an all-electric aircraft when battery technology has sufficiently matured.
The ASKA 3.0 Production Design hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft holds four passengers, flies semi-autonomously, and requires a pilot’s license to operate. ASKA has a 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 aircraft has four propellers on retractable booms for VTOL flight and a retractable tilt high-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 the quad fixed wheels are used for both landing gear and ground travel. The VTOL booms and wings fold back for ground travel and extend for flight.
NFT, Inc. expects to fly their full-scale ASKA prototype in 2023 with FAA certification by 2026. The company is now pre-selling the vehicle for a total of $789,000.00 USD with a $5,000.00 deposit (the price includes pilot training) according to several April 2021 articles. In addition, the company expects the sale price will come down as more production models are sold over time. The first deliveries are expected to be in 2026, subject to certification.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL and ground vehicle
- Piloting: Autonomous and semi-autonomous control
- Capacity: 4 passengers
- Maximum cruise speed: 150 mph (941 km/h)
- Range: 200 m (322 km)
- Propellers: 6 propellers
- Electric Motors: 6 electric motors for the propellers (possibly one electric motor for the ground vehicle)
- Power source: Hybrid-electric gas engine
- Batteries: Backup batteries if gas engine fails
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Dimensions: 20 feet long X 40 feet wide
- Windows: Panoramic windows with a wrap around window design allowing forward, left, right
- Wings: 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.
- Article: Forget Air Taxis: This Flying SUV Wants to Be a Private Commuter for the Whole Family, Robb Report, Apr. 15, 2021
- Article: NFT Inc. reimagines urban and rural living with flying car ASKA, TechCrunch, Apr. 15, 2021
- Article: Flying-car buyers can put down $5,000 now for an Aska in 2026, CNET, Apr. 15, 2021
- Video: ASKA™ Launch Special Event, ASKA by NFT eVTOL drive & fly vehicle, Apr. 14, 2021
- Video: ASKA™ Drive&Fly eVTOL, ASKA by NFT eVTOL drive & fly vehicle, Apr. 15, 2021
- Article: ASKA invites CES 2022 visitors to strap into its Drive and Fly cockpit, DroneDJ, Dec. 30, 2021