VTOL will be designed at IIT Kanpur now. IIT Kanpur has recently signed a Rs 15 crore deal with a private firm to develop a Flying taxi. Researchers at IIT Kanpur will be working on to manufacture a functional prototype of vertical takeoff and landing, VTOL craft, this has the capability of functioning as a flying taxis.
The deal was signed with VTOL Aviation India Pvt Ltd. Researchers will start the project by conducting a probability test to see what is the possibility of executing the project. Assigned researched are looking forward to building the prototype in next five years.
Ajoy Ghosh, the Aerospace Engineering head of IIT-Kanpur stated that we will establish proof of concept and identify the key technology areas, there will be over a 100 students working on this in the coming years,”
IITians came up with this idea because they see this as a viable option to the problem of traffic congestion. VTOL will have the capability of landing and take off from any kind of terrain, which makes it an efficient problem solver for civilian and military logistic problems of today.
What is VTOL all about?
VTOL stands for vertical take-off and landing this technology allows the vehicle to take off vertically and land vertically on any type of terrain. There is two type of VTOL:
- Rotorcraft- it has a rotating blade similar to helicopters and drone.
- Powered lift- these are powered by engines.
The second type of VTOL is used in different militaries worldwide. Russia’s Yak-38 is one of the older version of VTOL until it was stopped being manufactured. Other than this US military also used famous V-22 osprey and Harrier Jump Jet is used by Both Britain and the US.
Advantage and Disadvantage of VTOL
VTOL craft has many different advantages:
- It has an ability to land and take off from any type of terrain in any location.
- They are more flexible in the movement, which is not seen in traditional aircraft.
- Engines are cost- effective.
- Cost wise they are cheaper than jet fuel and automobile fuel.
The disadvantage of VTOL are:
- The development cost of this craft is not inexpensive.
- Such variation in cost and safety concern ended up manufacturing of different models.
Taking about the development cost and the ease of use, it was concluded by researched that this is the best possible solution for future traffic congestion. Flying taxi is the way to go for the common man.
Uber, a popular taxi service has already announced the new service called UbderAIR, taxi in this service will be based on VTOL technology. Uber plans to execute this plan by 2023.
Airbus and NASA are also busy designing and planning the successful models of flying cars.
IIT Kanpur’s role with VOLT Technology
The association between VTOL Aviation India and IIT-K is all about making this project a success within 5 years.
Working on this idea of flying taxi will require support and assistance from various authorities and ministries. It will also require policy and strategic change within several bodies who would be ultimately responsible for making VOLT a success.
“Air traffic regulations need to be calibrated accordingly,” asserts Ajoy Ghosh. Doing so will require the collaboration of aviation authorities in India at multiple levels, mainly removing the constraint on using the airspace.
Ghosh also stated that “we are also designing a hybrid propulsion system for high reliability and endurance.” This craft will have a ducted fan and a hybrid system for fuel and batteries. A flying taxi will be totally environment-friendly.
Aerospace department of IIT- Kanpur is one of the country’s most efficient stating –of-the- art-facility for aerospace and propulsion research. The development of the said prototype can bring major changes in transport and connectivity policies if used effectively.
Although, this is an interesting technology to make the dream of flying cars to come true. We would like to know what you think about it. Will VOLT bring any good or harm to our society and environment?
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