29 April 2014
As part of its Invention Awards 2014, Popular Science reported on the S2 personal electric airplane created by JoeBen Bevirt, that launches like a helicopter but flies aerodynamically like an airplane. His team has developed two dozen 10-pound models that have drawn the interest of NASA, as the agency is now funding construction of a 55-pound unmanned aerial vehicle. The full-scale vehicle could one day fly two people 200 miles on the equivalent of 1.5 gallons of fuel, which is five times more efficient than typical two-seaters. If successful, the plane could someday make runways obsolete. (Image Credit: YouTube/Joby Aviation)
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