VEHICLE

We set our goals high for ASKA™

 

What we have achieved

01

The size of an SUV with a UAM range of up to 350 miles

ASKA™ accommodates up to three people and runs on rechargeable batteries with a range extender (hybrid) propulsion system. Maximum speed up to 150 miles per hour.

02

Drive and fly capabilities for true door-to-door transport

ASKA™ offers a smooth, comfortable journey in the air and on the road with no need to change vehicles. It has the ability to re-route, like Google maps do — you can adjust your landing heliport depending on weather, turbulence, traffic or preference.

03

Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities

Breakthrough technology delivers necessary thrust within a limited space. All ducted fans are within limited asset space, similar to the size of a car.

04

Autonomous flying

No need for a pilot — ASKA™ flies autonomously. We will integrate with existing autonomous driving systems to make ASKA™ fully autonomous in the air and on the road.

05

Minimal infrastructure investment

Because ASKA™ is both drive and fly, it can be parked on the street/in a garage, and charge in existing charging stations. For takeoff and landing, minimal infrastructure is required (a launch pad of just 20 x 20 meters); ASKA™ will drive in and out, whereas other flying aircraft require terminals, special parking spaces and charging stations.

Safety for families with children

Engineering breakthroughs provide careful attention to safety, such as no exposed propellers.


Green

Our target is a 100% electric propulsion system, and we are in development with our partners to deliver it. The first ASKA™ model will have a hybrid system that works with current battery technology and still achieve our target ROI. These minimal infrastructure requirements are aimed to significantly reduce our environmental impact compared to competing technologies.


Highly aerodynamic design

The operating requirements and form factor of road and air vehicles are not the same. Our out-of-the-box thinking led to an advanced aerodynamic configuration that drives safely and effectively on the ground and flies very efficiently with improved L/D (lift-to-drag ratio) in the air.

Safe and simple transition to level flight

The sequence of transition from vertical flight to level flight is one of the main challenges in designing VTOL air vehicles. We combine 14 ducted fans, wing, and control surfaces with advanced control software to ensure a safe and smooth transition.


Quiet operation

A sophisticated ducted fan geometry and rotor design ensures a low noise level.

Evacuation

Because ASKA™ is the size of a car, it can be moved with a typical tow car -- no need for special cranes, etc.

Charging and fueling

ASKA™ will use existing charging and fueling stations to eliminate the cost and environmental impact of building an extensive new infrastructure.

Additional safety features

Design innovations match FAA safety requirements which include high reliability, back-up systems and sophisticated redundancy management algorithms.

Safe landing

In case of power system failure the battery package will support a 5 km radius for safe flight and landing.

Technical highlights