• Skai: 5-Place Hydrogen-powered Electric, four hours or 400 miles - Saki

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Thu May 30 10:02:57 2019
    Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based Alaka’i Technologies, which was founded
    in 2006, might not have high-profile backers or a coffer full of
    capital, but that’s not to imply the air mobility startup hasn’t been architecting something potentially game-changing. At an event in Los
    Angeles this week it unveiled Skai, an electric vertical takeoff and
    landing vehicle it claims is the world’s first to be powered by
    hydrogen fuel cells.

    Skai, which was codesigned by BMW-owned global creative consultancy Designworks, eschews jet fuel for the aforementioned hydrogen. Its
    fuel cells are 95% reusable (the remaining 5% are 99% recyclable), and
    Alaka’i claims they enable the Skai to travel longer distances — over
    three hours per tank, or around 300 miles — and carry a heavier
    overall payload than the competition. Alaka’i says this makes it
    ideally suited for emergency response, freight distribution, and
    related sectors.

    It’s worth noting that Metro Skyway, a subsidiary of Tel Aviv-based
    Urban Aeronautics, announced in 2017 that it would build a
    hydrogen-powered air taxi it hopes to get off the ground by 2022, but
    that vehicle will initially run on jet fuel. Skai is using hydrogen
    from day one.

    Skai’s fuel cells power six electric motors with built-in redundancy
    and lift a cabin with an airframe parachute that can fit four to five passengers. Skai hasn’t yet been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, but Alaka’i cofounder and CEO Brian Morrison expressed confidence that the company’s executive and engineering team — which
    hails from NASA, Raytheon, Beech Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas, Hughes,
    DayJet, SATSAir, Cirrus, Metro Aviation, and Delta Airlines — will
    clear that hurdle in the near future.

    “This remarkably impressive team have come together to build on our
    collective experience to finally realize our singular, critical vision
    to launch Skai and transform transportation,” said cofounder and CEO
    Brian Morrison. “Skai offers practical, real-life solutions to
    everything from relieving traffic congestion to delivering supplies
    during natural disasters. Skai is set to offer affordable, realistic applications in the commercial, private, freight, and personal air
    mobility markets.”

    Experts predict that air taxis will begin ferrying customers in
    earnest within three years and that these taxis could start flying
    autonomously or semi-autonomously as early as 2025. Analysts at Roland
    Berger forecast 3,000 flying taxis will be in operation globally in
    five years, a number they say will increase to 12,000 by 2030 and to
    nearly 100,000 by 2050.

    Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley projects the market for flying taxis will
    reach $1.5 trillion by 2040, which is likely why there’s sustained
    interest from the private sector.

    Just last week, German startup Lilium Jet completed the first test of
    its five-seater aircraft. Chinese electronics conglomerate Ehang
    intends to build a fleet of passenger-carrying quadcopters in the next
    few years. Google cofounder Larry Page’s Kittyhawk received backing
    from the New Zealand government for its self-piloting, vertical
    takeoff and landing (VTOL) air taxi. And Volocopter’s 18-propeller
    passenger drone recently completed test flights over Dubai as it races
    to beat ride-hailing giant Uber to the punch with the world’s first
    drone taxi system.

    And air taxis from AeroMobil, Vertical Aeorospace, Joby Aviation,
    Airbus, Boeing, and Bell are in various stages of development, in
    addition to over 100 such electric aircraft worldwide. Bosch expects
    drone test flights to ramp up in cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, and
    Singapore next year.



    Alaka’i Technologies is proud to announce the launch of Skai.

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    Hopkinton, MA 01748
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