Right now we're focused on recruiting and fundraising, but hope to get back to flying soon. We have custom components in production that will lead to dramatic performance improvements on the next version. Speaking of the next version...
We're also releasing the latest concept art for the next Flytycle:
About the FlytCycle
It's hard to believe, but we built the current FlytCycle prototype in just three short weeks. Since its completion we've already several hundred test flights and it's the best flying vehicle we've ever made, plus it's been a ton of fun to be able to fly it around and see what it can do!
It can fly for 10-15 minutes on a single set of batteries and weights ~165lbs empty. We're currently testing it in more challenging environments such as dusty fields to prove how well it works.
In early 2017 we completed the second FlytCycle as a demonstration of where we wanted to take it. Unfortunately, it ended up being fairly large and although it looks great, we decided the original FlytCycle design was a better choice due to its small footprint.
the first FlytCycle
In December, 2016 we finished the first test platform in the video below. It's purpose was to quickly determine feasibility of the concept and to allow us to test some things. We flew it with people riding it and with no tethers for several minutes at a time. and it exceeded our highest expectations. It answered all the questions we had and more, specifically:
- It works!
- It's very stable
- It's highly maneuverable
- It flies for several minutes at a time with no problems
- And most importantly, it's really fun to ride!
Check out these videos of some of our flight tests: