Several big players in the emerging electric flying vehicle market are trying to transform the transportation industry at large, but one Swedish company has set an easy target. It wants everyone to have their own personal electric aerial vehicle that they can build and zip in. Last week, it released a video on YouTube showing the plane is ready and flying. This is a single seater vehicle named Jetson One. The Jetson One’s compact size enables it to launch and land anywhere, like a home garden or a terrace. It weighs 190 pounds (86 kg) and can accommodate a person weighing up to 210 pounds (95 kg).
The Jetson One will cost $92,000 (approximately Rs 68 lakh) and will be delivered to the buyer partially assembled. That is, the rest of the work will have to be done at home. The kit will contain a detailed guide on how to complete the assembly. The aircraft can fly for up to 20 minutes on a single recharge at a top flight speed of 64mph (102kmph). Speed is limited by software for security. It is powered by a high-discharge lithium-ion battery. The aircraft will carry a ballistic parachute with fast deployment times for emergencies.
company Production is said to begin in the summer of 2022 and the first deliveries are expected later that year. But for the next year all the 12 production slots have been occupied and those applying for them will have to wait till 2023. To reserve a build slot, a potential buyer will have to deposit $22,000 (approximately Rs 16 lakh). Video released last week shows the ultralight vehicle will have four rotors on the sides and an all-aluminum frame to keep weight down.
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Jetson was founded in 2017 by Peter Turnström and Tomas Patan, and work on the prototype began shortly thereafter. The first successful flight of the prototype was done in January 2018. After that, the company began work on its second generation prototype, the Jetson One.