Dubbed Snowstorm, this personal aircraft is reportedly capable of flying a seated person for a duration of around five minutes (though the video below is much, much shorter than that) and is powered entirely by electricity.
Looking a bit like a giant drone, the Snowstorm has a strong hexagonal frame built from anodized aluminium poles, Kevlar ropes and carbon fiber plating.
A seat hangs down from the middle of the Snowstorm’s frame from a 3D-printed mount, allowing its pilot to sit and control the aircraft’s thrust, pitch, roll, and yaw using a specially designed control system.
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The team has also implemented a group of six landing legs with inflatable balls on the ends, allowing for more comfortable landings, though at present, flight tests have only occurred indoors.
The Snowstorm, which took a team of eight students a year to make, is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries and features 24 motors with propellers which allow it to take off vertically.
So far, the team is still fine-tuning the aircraft’s various programmed flight modes and safety systems, though it hopes to release a recreational version that’s ready for public flights in the not-too-distant future.