LEO Flight unveils alpha prototype for its jet turbine propelled eVTOL – LEO Coupe

Technically known as vertical take-off and landing aircraft, Flying Cars are touted to take off vertically from the top of a building much like a helicopter, transition to cruise mode like a conventional plane and then land vertically.

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Flying cars have always been a subject of interest and may seem like a futuristic or sci-fi movie invention, though the idea for the flying car has been around since the 18th century.

Founded in 2020 by Pete Bitar of Electric Jet Aircraft and Carlos Salaff of SALAFF Automotive, LEO Flight has unveiled the “LEO Coupe”- an all-electric jet turbine-propelled vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) with a three-seater car design.

How is it any different from other eVTOL models out there?

Bitar and Salaff have had a desire to create a unique design- something that wouldn’t resemble a fixed-wing or a rotary-wing. Reportedly, the experimental prototype LX-1 is touted to be a personal automobile for the sky that science fiction has foreseen- a personal, creative project turned into a mission to manufacture it for public use.

The LEO Coupe

The prototype doesn’t display the rather dashing looks shown in earlier variants of the final LEO Coupe. Basically designed to test the propulsion system at this stage, the flying aluminium airframe features large banks of small electric jets.

1.  DARPA-funded propulsion system by Electric Jet Aircraft

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LEO Coupe’s fully electric propulsion system is comprised of clusters of powerful electric jets, allowing safety through redundancy. Additionally, the wings also feature non-exposed rotors, eliminating the danger to those around the vehicle.

2. Highly compact with an automotive familiarity

When compared with current eVTOL designs, LEO Coupe’s compact size of 10′ x 20′ becomes immediately apparent. This feature enables it to be privately owned, used as an air taxi and as a vehicle in any place where space is the limited and ground infrastructure is underdeveloped or non-existent.

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With compatibility like no other, it is touted to fit in most 2-car garages.

3. Exhilarating interiors

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Gull-wing doors open from the side to an airy, comfy cabin designed for three adults including the pilot. Additionally, it also features a “floating seat” for the pilot, thereby enhancing the exhilaration of the flight.

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Reportedly, the easy-to-learn semi-autonomous controls also make the flight simple.

4. Seamless travel

The hypercar also features an integrated 5G connected system, wherein users can check into or book their hotel rooms, fill up forms and documents, or arrange any travel-related agendas while enjoying the landscapes and horizons through the generous, tall windows carpeting the vehicle.

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Reportedly, the LEO Coupe can fly with a 250-mph flight speed and over one hour of flight time per charge to rapidly commute between places. The aircraft will have an empty weight of 1,100 lb (499 kg) and be able to carry a 510 lb (231 kg) payload.

LEO’s compact form also makes it ideal for fire rescue, medevac, Coast Guard, tourism, exploration and most any terrain without developed road infrastructure.

5. VERTISTOP-LEO Flight’s charging network

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The VertiStop unit is a compact charging and landing pad, enabled by LEO’s compact size. It provides a power grid connection and fast charging for the LEO Coupe. Integral solar arrays supplement energy needs. The mesh top will help absorb air currents from LEO’s jet system. The simplicity and integrated design of the VertiStop unit make it easy to install and use, quickly making once-neglected rooftop spaces into a fast-charging network.

Dubbed as a “personal automobile” for the skies, it comes with a price tag of $459,900.

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