Transportation for a better quality of life, lower cost of living and more time with family.
The size of an SUV with a UAM range of up to 350 miles
ASKA™ accommodates up to four people and runs on rechargeable batteries with a range extender (hybrid) propulsion system. Maximum speed up to 150 miles per hour.
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.
Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities
The first viable vehicle in the world that can drive on the road with Vertical Takeoff & Landing (VTOL) as well as Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) like conventional aircraft. Breakthrough technology delivers necessary thrust within a limited space. All ducted fans are within limited asset space, similar to the size of a car.
No need for a pilot — ASKA™ flies autonomously. NFT is developing the AI Sensor Fusion Platform to enable 360-degree real-time intruder detection (other aircraft, drones, birds…), optimized by Artificial Intelligence. This technology is the foundation for a full autonomous flight system in the future.
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 65' x 65' ft / 20 x 20 meters); ASKA™ will drive in and out, whereas other flying aircraft require terminals, special parking spaces and charging stations.
Designed for Safety
Our engineering breakthroughs provide careful attention to safety, especially to families with children, such as no exposed propellers or rotors. People can enter ASKA™ like a regular car, from home or on the street, no need to walk around an airfield or terminal.
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 ducted fans, wing, and control surfaces with advanced control software to ensure a safe and smooth transition.
Our goal is quiet operation and we are addressing this with a variety of technical innovations, such as sophisticated ducted fan geometry and rotor design.
Because ASKA™ is the size of a car, it can be moved with a typical tow truck -- no need for special cranes, etc.
Charging and fueling
ASKA™ will use existing electrical 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.