First 10 GoFly winners reveal ideas for personal flying machines of the future

First 10 GoFly winners reveal ideas for personal flying machines of the future

The first 10 winners of Phase I of the GoFly Challenge to develop personal flying machines have been chosen.

First 10 GoFly winners reveal ideas for personal flying machines of the future

Over 600 Innovators from over 30 countries across six continents submitted their designs to the Boeing-backed GoFly challenge.

Over the course of several weeks, GoFly’s panel of 97 industry experts, including chief engineers, flight test engineers, senior technical fellows, pilots, and academics, assessed the proposals accordance with the official technical guidelines.

Each of these teams will receive $20,000 to further develop their ideas as they continue on in their journey toward the Final Fly Off.

These are the designs:

ERA Aviabike

A tilt rotor aerial vehicle type that combines the VTOL capabilities of a helicopter with the range and speed of a fixed-wing aircraft. 

Blue Sparrow

Students and faculty at Penn State University Aerospace Engineering say they designed Blue Sparrow to be scalable, robust, safe and fun to fly.

HummingBuzz

HummingBuzz uses a fully electric, ducted coaxial rotor configuration, with the fuselage on top, in the shape of a motorcycle.

Vantage

Vantage is a five-rotor airbike.

Mamba

The Mamba is a hexcopter emphasising safety, certifiability, and performance. Shrouded rotors and a tilting empennage are incorporated.

Pegasus 1

The Pegasus is a Y6 tilt rotor with a wing and a hybrid powertrain with a cruise speed of 70 knots.

S1

This device is a canard-wing configuration around a person in motorcycle-like orientation powered by two electric motors with ducted rotors. The aircraft makes a 90-degree transition from vertical take-off to horizontal cruise flight.

Tetra 3

Tetra 3 is designed with a focus on style as well as efficiency.

Harmony

Harmony is a high-TRL compact rotorcraft designed to minimize noise and maximise efficiency, safety, reliability and flight experience.

FlyKart 2

FlyKart 2 is a single-seat, open-cockpit, 10-rotor, ducted fan VTOL aircraft which is , electrically-powered.

What’s next

The Phase 2 Building Phase of GoFly is also now officially open. This is when teams get to test out designs.

Companies don’t need to win a Phase I prize, or to have participated in Phase I, in order to participate and win in Phase II.

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