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SkyDrive's SD-03 makes first public manned flight
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
A four minute hop with a computer-aided pilot onboard has taken the SkyDrive program past a major development milestone. The company says it has created a flying coupe with dreams and charisma.

SkyDrive Co has successfully conducted a public manned flight test at Toyota Test Field, one of Japan's largest indoor flight test fields using its SD-03 model.

The manned flight test was conducted in the evening and the flight time was approximately four minutes. The aircraft is a one-seater and is piloted by a pilot, but computer-assisted assists stabilise the flight. SkyDrive's goal is to develop the world's smallest flying car model, approximately 2m high, 4m wide and 4m long. The drive system is a system that drives the rotor with an electric motor. The rotors are arranged in four places, and two rotors rotate for each place to generate driving force. By adopting a total of eight motors, even if a part of the electric motor/rotor system fails, it will play a backup role, allowing safe flight.

The main body is largely divided into S-shapes while maintaining a sense of unity when viewed from the side, and like the dynamic SkyDrive emblem on the front, like a pair of propellers that fly together into the future sky by combining entanglement power It expresses a feeling of dynamism. Two white front lamps and one red tail lamp that wrap around the lower part of the body are the unique features of the "flying car", and when the aircraft floats in the sky, it is a gentle design that makes it easy for non-passengers to see the direction of the aircraft.

A flying coupe with dreams and charisma. The main colour of the exterior, Pearl White, was selected in the image of white birds and flying clouds. SkyDrive will continue to design a safe future sky. Based on the test results of the manned testing machine SD-03, we will continue to develop flight tests in a wider environment to promote the development of safer and more secure technology.

Tomohiro Fukuzawa, Representative Director comments, "Since the establishment of SkyDrive in 2018, all the members have worked hard on technical development and have continued the manned flight test from the beginning of this year. This time, we have the opportunity to share the state of manned flight with many people. I am very happy that it was established. The next big milestone is the practical application of the flying car in 2023. We want to provide the convenience and enjoyment of transportation by utilising the sky for everyday transportation."

Nobuo Kishi, Chief Technology Officer adds, "The manned flight that we have achieved this time is the culmination of the results that SkyDrive has accumulated so far for technical verification. We have been working step by step with certainty and step by step, such as designing and testing electric propulsion systems, flight control systems, airframe structures, etc., and introducing monitoring equipment for airframe conditions during flight tests. We will continue to work on technological development and type certification so that we can start a safe and reliable flight car navigation service in FY2023."

Design Director Takumi Yamamoto says, "In designing a new genre/transportation called flying car, while fully incorporating the high technology of SkyDrive, all future users want to dream. And the charismatic vehicle was designed with the keywords of Progressive and Cool. I think that it will play an active part as your partner, a compact coupe flying in the sky. As a pioneer of a new genre, I would like to continue to design the vehicles that everyone can dream of. SkyDrive will continue to develop with safety first. At the same time, along with the roadmap presented by the "Public-Private Council for the Revolution of the Sky", we will strive to commercialise by the year 2023."

Contact details from our directory:
SkyDrive Inc. Airframer
Related aircraft programs:
Skydrive SD-03