Airspeeder’s Groundbreaking Race at Stonefield Airfield Alerts the Way forward for Excessive-Pace Aerial Competitors, Paving the Means for the Airspeeder Grand Prix Collection
by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian J. McNabb
Airspeeder, a promoter targeted on eVTOL racing, just lately introduced that Zephatali Walsh was the winner of the world’s first three-way eVTOL race held at Stonefield Airfield, South Australia. Walsh competed towards former FPV pilot Lexie Janson and Bruno Senna within the remotely-piloted contest, which was carried out utilizing Alauda Aeronautics MKIII mannequin eVTOLs in difficult, moist and windy circumstances. Walsh had beforehand gained two earlier editions of the competition held since final yr.
Supported by companions Intel, Acronis, IWC, Saltwater Video games, and Telstra Purple, together with the South Australian Authorities, the occasion occurred in entrance of over 100 spectators, that includes EMG cameras with reside 1080i video feeds mounted to the “Speeders” and streamed through RF. The NEP group took management over the reside sports activities broadcast, which served as an necessary proof of idea for a probably game-changing type of aerial competitors. The Alauda Aeronautics MKIII flying racecar is 4.1 meters lengthy and includes a carbon-fiber airframe and a prime pace of 100 km/h. It’s able to reaching 62 mph in lower than 3 seconds.
In response to the organizers, this race is only a peek into the way forward for racing within the sky, with battery-swapping pitstops and strategic competitors within the remotely paving the way in which for fully-crewed “Airspeeder Grand Prixs” starting subsequent yr.
Alauda has already unveiled its fully-crewed mannequin, the Mk4, with a prime pace of 225 mph and a most vary of as much as 188 miles. Powered by hydrogen, Alauda touts it because the quickest eVTOL ever made. Past racing, Alauda has plans to market future editions in what they hope might be a fast-growing flying automobile market.
Extra info on Airspeeder and eVTOL racing is out there right here. Ian McNabb is a workers author based mostly in Boston, MA. His pursuits embrace geopolitics, rising applied sciences, environmental sustainability, and Boston School sports activities.