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Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2

FlyKart 2
Trek Aerospace
Folsom, California, USA
www.trekaero.com

FlyKart 2 is a single-seat, open-cockpit, 10-rotor, ducted fan, electrically-powered, eVTOL (all-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft. Trek Aerospace has entered the GoFly Prize competition.

Four iterations of the craft were built for the competition, referred to as the FlyKart 2.1-2.4. All iterations use ducted fan propellers: a staple of Trek Aerospace's designs. As the aircraft matured, it experienced an increase in power and massive reduction in empty and airframe weight. This is due both to the reduction of ducts on the aircraft and the replacement of aluminum components with those made of carbon fiber. The FlyKart 2 also utilizes shrouded propellers, which reduces the noise generated by the craft while increasing pilot safety and thrust generated. 

On March 26, 2019 GoFly Prize announced that Trek Aerospace completed Phase II of the GoFly challenge and will receive $50,000.00 USD in prizes. While the team had planned to participate in the February 2020 GoFly Fly Off, an electronic speed controller fire rendered FlyKart 2.3 inoperable. The team was still present at Moffet Field with the FlyKart 2.4.

Specifications:

  • Width: 2 m (6-1/2 ft)
  • Length: 1.95 m (6.2 ft)
  • Height: 1.2 m (3.9 ft)
  • Propeller number: 12
  • Power source: 5.6- kW electric motors
  • Cruise Speed: 83 km/h (52 mph)
  • Maximum Speed: 102 km/h (63 mph)
  • Cruise Endurance: 30+ minutes
  • Battery Pack: 9.6 kWh
  • Safety Features: Redundant propulsion/battery/auto-pilot, screened propellers, 4-point safety harness

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