The Chinese -built prototype works with a driver inside. This week it made its maiden flight.
The world’s first manned “flying saucer” made its maiden flight in the city of Shenzhen, China .
The highly anticipated event showcased a vertical takeoff and landing ( eVTOL ) aircraft that closely resembles UFOs , the iconic flying saucers depicted in science fiction movies and television.
The manned vertical electric flying saucer is created by Shenzhen UFO Technology Co.
The vehicle features six-hole duct structures that contain two propeller blades for a total of 12. The design maximizes stability and safety with equally distributed propulsion. The eVTOL can take off and land on land or water.
Passengers can fly for up to 15 minutes and reach an altitude of 200 meters with a maximum flight speed of 50 km/h, or you can use the autopilot to take you where you want to go.
The electric UFO has a primary purpose: to be driven for tourism and commercial recording. Of course, technology has called the attention of more global companies.
No，It is the world’s first electric vertical manned flying saucer!
📮June 3rd, #shenzhen,South China’s Guangdong Province .
The world’s first electric vertical manned flying saucer brought a performance.
— Record GBA (@RecordGBA) June 6, 2023
eVTOL and its rise
The eVTOLs will try to solve mobility and traffic problems by transporting passengers through the air in cities.
In China and Dubai, companies like Xpeng are already testing their own vehicles to achieve the goal of flying one kilometer high at speeds of 130 km/h.
According to reports, the pioneering development of this flying saucer was led by a highly qualified research and development team hailing from Beihang University and Northwest Polytechnic University.