When you think of a U.S. Air Force flying vehicle you most likely picture a sleek, powerful, rapid jet. However, the newest addition to the U.S. Air Force's fleet doesn't quite fit that bill. At all.
The electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, named Hexa, looks more like a goofy home drone flying device. Ok, perhaps not quite to that extent, but take a look for yourself to make your own judgment.
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The creator behind Hexa is Texas-based LIFT Aircraft. LIFT partnered with the U.S. Air Force to work on an initiative called Agility Prime, which is meant to "accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles."
The point of the project is to help push the U.S. Air Force towards having a fleet of flying cars in the future, that is, within the next 10 years.
Hexa in itself is quite impressive. It has 18 independent rotors and can seat one pilot at a time. It can be used for different purposes and on a number of terrains as it also floats on water by using its four buoys — something that can be added on if needs be.
What's interesting is that Hexa isn't just for pilots as it claims to be available to anyone. All you have to know ahead of time is how to handle a three-axis joystick and you're good to go. As per LIFT, the majority of the work is done by the "triply redundant autopilot computer."
Take a look at it yourself to see how it works, what it looks like, and whether you'd like to operate one someday.
It has to be wondered, though, that if you saw a fleet of these with camouflaged military personally buzzing towards you, would you be intimidated or feel well protected?