Kitty Hawk Corporation
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|Headquarters||2700 Broderick Way,|
|Sebastian Thrun |
(President and CEO)
The Kitty Hawk Corporation is an American aircraft manufacturer producing electric aircraft.
Kitty Hawk Flyer
The Flyer is a prototype personal aircraft, kept aloft by eight battery-powered propellers. The company behind the vehicle's development is led by CEO Sebastian Thrun, and has support from Google's co-founder Larry Page. The engineering effort is led by Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, previously known for their Sikorsky prize-winning AeroVelo human-powered helicopter work. The vehicle was widely publicized, and is still under active development.
Data from Vertiflite
- Crew: one
- Length: 8 ft (2.4 m)
- Wingspan: 13 ft (4.0 m)
- Empty weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 450 lb (204 kg)
- Powerplant: 10 × DC electric motor with fixed-pitch composite rotors
- Main rotor diameter: 10× 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m)
- Main rotor area: 120.5 sq ft (11.19 m2)
- Maximum speed: 26 kn; 48 km/h (30 mph)
- Range: 5 nmi; 10 km (6 mi)
- Endurance: 20 mn
- Service ceiling: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Kitty Hawk Cora
In March 2018, Kitty Hawk Corporation confirmed it had also been testing an air taxi prototype in New Zealand called Cora and code-named "Zee.Aero". Zee.Aero was also the name of Page's startup, which tested Cora in Hollister Airport in California. The New Zealand operations had been performed by a company called "Zephyr Airworks".
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