This strange vehicle would possibly look like a flying saucer, but it’s not for extraterrestrials.
Humans looking for a visit that is really out of this world will now fly in style with the I.F.O (Identified Flying Object), a proposed two-seater drone concept that appears like a UFO. The IFO Drone is high-powered by eight electric rotary engines that push the saucer to an estimated high speed of 120mph (190kph) and can elevate it to the average helicopter altitude.
It is designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule, the drone seats 2 passengers. A series of rechargeable batteries placed in the I.F.O’s outer disk power every engine. With a backup battery pack installed within the center of the capsule body, the vehicle’s calculable flight time ranges between sixty and seventy minutes. The flying vehicle stands 3 meters (10 feet) tall and has a capsule cockpit that measures 2 meters (6.5 feet) in diameter. It is enclosed by a strong carbon fiber disk to safeguard passengers without weighing the flying saucer down. And the vehicle’s cockpit can detach in emergencies – a parachute strapped to the back will then guide passengers to safety.
For a smooth landing, the vehicle has six folding and extending feet with built-in cushioning suspension. The IFO drone’s futuristic cockpit can be accessed through an elevator that descends from the spherical body. Users can even reach the capsule through 2 removable bridges that may be connected to a small ladder or staircase.
The vehicle doesn’t change much with respect to the technology that’s at the bottom of a standard drone, said lead designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini. But it’s driven from the inside and might have a similar elevation of a chopper. I’m looking for investors to make it happen – the technology is on the market. It is not known what the ultimate value of the IFO drone will be.
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