Australia-based Airspeeder has released the latest in its series of videos detailing the development of its eVTOL machines destined for racing.
The company’s engineers have worked to develop a rapid swap system for the battery incorporating a slide and lock securing device, to allow for battery changes under race conditions. An upshot, they note, is an aesthetically pleasing design, not something one would normally associated with a battery installation.
In their final form, the Airspeeder craft will feature a variety of safety features, such as a lidar and radar-based ‘forcefield’, to prevent in-air collisions. The series plans on staging its first unmanned races at the end of 2021, using its Mk3 quadcopters, which will be followed by manned competition using its Mk4 once development is complete.