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The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, a "flying car", called a "Volantor" by its inventor Paul Moller, who has been attempting to develop such vehicles for forty years. The design calls for four ducted fans encasing the propellers, which prevents bystanders from being exposed to moving blades as well as improving aerodynamic efficiency at low speeds.
The latest is the M400 Skycar, from your garage to your destination the M400 Skycar can cruise comfortably at 275 MPH (maximum speed of 375 MPH) and achieve up to 20 miles per gallon on clean burning, ethanol fuel. No traffic, no red lights, no speeding tickets. Just quiet direct transportation from point A to point B in a fraction of the time. Three dimensional mobility in place of two dimensional immobility.
Moller International was requested to determine if it could integrate its vertical take off and landing (VTOL) technologies into a vehicle that would be more car-like than its Skycar or Neuera vehicles. Operation of this new vehicle would be primarily on the ground and on conventional roadways, but its novelty would be to have the ability to pop-up out of traffic and fly to a near-by, less crowed street. This scenario was given and the legalities were dismissed, therefore we were free to design a vehicle with the appeal of a modern roadster and the combined road-and-airborne capabilities of a volantor.
For the initial design phase of the autovolantor we chose to use the Ferrari 599 GTB for the basic fuselage. It has the general shape and layout we were looking for and using it allowed us to quickly modify a readily available scale model and run wind tunnel tests to establish the technical feasibility of the project. At first we were very skeptical that we could adapt a ground vehicle with our VTOL technologies and make it work, but the model allowed us to quickly verify that it could in fact be done. For a final design we would, however, start fresh and design an entirely unique body, but for the first cut, the Ferrari 599 GTB had the front and rear decks that could accommodate our engine mounting requirements.
The timeline for development of the vehicle was analyzed and we estimated that we could produce a prototype-flying vehicle in less than 2 years given sufficient funding. The budget was determined to be approximately $3 million. The party that was initially interested had some reservations about providing the estimated development costs, so we are on-hold with this project at this time.
Source: Moller International
Skeet shooting has always been something of an English gentleman's recreational sport, although there's also Olympic skeet if you're gunning for more competitive shooting. The target is to break clay discs flung into the air at high speed from a variety of angles. It's definitely not something you'd want to try right smack in your living room. That, however, hasn't stopped Interative Toy Concepts from developing a skeet shooter game designed to be an indoor toy. It showed the game off at CES 2010.
To play, the device launches three plastic discs which the player has to hit with an infrared gun (as opposed to a shotgun). If "hit," the discs break apart, though not as spectacularly as the real clay versions. The toy discs can be reassembled for endless rounds.
It's too bad some homes have so little headroom, let alone real estate for flying discs. Not all is lost, though. If you still have a hankering to be the best indoor skeet champ.