Airspeeder quadcopter-based racing series progressing

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Plans for the Airspeeder racing series, which will use manned eVTOL aircraft, are progressing according to an update from the organizers and the manufacturer of the racing quadcopters, Australia-based Alauda Racing.

Manufacture of the company’s Mk3 craft, the first full scale model, is currently underway. To date, testing has been conducted with a Mk2 version, a three-quarter-scale prototype. The Mk3 will remain unmanned for testing purposes, until both performance and safety protocols have been fully validated, including the implementation of lidar and machine vision systems for collision avoidance.

The first manned version, the Mk4, will follow and the organizers hope to stage races in 2021.

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