Geely Terrafugia conducted a first test flight of a TF-2A sub-scale prototype

Bought by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in 2017, the US flying car company Terrafugia has just announced that it successfully conducted the first test flight of a sub-scale model of the flying car TF-2A.

Geely Terrafugia conducted a first test flight of a TF-2A sub-scale prototype

According to Terrafugia, the TF-2A sub-scale model uses pure electric power, mainly composite materials. It has a wingspan of 4.5 meters, a designed maximum take-off weight of 60 kg, and a cruising speed of about 100 kilometres per hour.

“The research and development of TF-2A started in 2019, covering the entire industrial chain from front-end market analysis to design research and development to manufacturing and processing. It has industry-leading R & D capabilities in design, simulation analysis and testing”, says the company, adding that “at the same time, Terrafugia has mature full composite material processing capabilities, and independently completed the composite material body processing and production of the sub-scale model.”

Geely Terrafugia TF-2A announces the following performance parameters and characteristics:

  •  With 8 lifts and 1 propeller, it can take off and land vertically without ground runway;
  • The payload is 200 kg, which can carry 2 passengers and accompanying luggage; the maximum range is 100 km, the cruising speed can reach 180 km / h, it can cover most of the city radius, and it can meet the needs of intercity air travel between adjacent cities;
  • Pure electric power design, compared with traditional helicopters and other aircraft, it has lower operating costs, lower noise, more energy saving and environmental protection, and higher safety redundancy;
  • Equipped with international top flight control system, and will gradually iterate to autonomous flight in the future;

“The design and development of TF-2A is aimed at passing airworthiness certification and obtaining type approval. After the first successful test flight of the sub-scale prototype, the Terrafugia team will continue to collect and analyze relevant data, optimize iterative product design, and plan to launch the TF-2A full-scale prototype in the next stage”, says the company.

Companies: Terrafugia

Terms: Asia-Pacific, Business

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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