TF-X™ is the practical realization of the dream of countless visions of the future; it is designed to be the flying car for all of us. In order to achieve this long-sought-after vision, Terrafugia will focus the TF-X™ program with clear goals that enhance the safety, simplicity, and convenience of personal transportation. We believe these goals are achievable today.
The Terrafugia TF-X is a miniature airplane with four wheels at the bottom meant for street landing, along with broad wings having electrically driven rotors that point vertically for takeoff, then swivel horizontally for a level flight. The changeover from vertical to a horizontal flying height is a complicated maneuver to achieve in a VTOL plane.
Terrafugia claims that the TF-X electronics takes care of that, as well as the rest of the flight. Understood in other words, the pilot has the discretion to determine when to raise the aircraft to the desired height before proceeding to fly horizontally, and the mechanics of the plane actually subsequently manages those orders. This is quite common in military aircraft’s, which won’t fly without automated commands ensuring stability. Forward motion is facilitated through a gas turbine for horizontal trajectory and fusion electric for ground travel. For takeoff and grounding, the rotors and the aircraft wheels would be activated electrically by means of a generator and storage batteries.
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