For decades people have dreamt about flying cars. Now, technology is finally at a point where we can build one that’s safe and reliable.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) April 06, 2013
The Hammerhead Project recently launched its campaign on the popular crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The project’s goal is to build the world’s first flying car that can be operated on a daily basis. Jeff Case, founder of The Hammerhead Project, was inspired to start a campaign after seeing the success of other campaigns. The project aims to raise $500,000 which will go toward developing the prototype.
The Hammerhead will be a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with two seats. The craft will have three ducted fans, be constructed of lightweight materials and have multiple safety features including an airframe ballistic parachute system. Advanced flight control systems will be the key to making the Hammerhead an easy aircraft to operate, according to Case. Fly-by-wire controls, redundant systems, 3-D radar and simplified user interfaces will allow the pilot to control the aircraft with relative ease.
"For decades people have dreamt about flying cars. Now, technology is finally at a point where we can build one that’s safe and reliable," said Case. "In addition to raising money, I would like to get people excited about the project and flying cars in general. Many people would like to fly effortlessly from point A to B in a personal vehicle.” He believes there are millions of flying car enthusiasts around the world.
The Hammerhead Project, located in Houston, Texas, needs funding to get the Hammerhead off the ground, literally. Various "perks" are being offered to people who contribute to its Indiegogo campaign. Everyone who donates will receive access to the project’s private research and development webpage. Those who donate $25 will receive a “My other car flies” bumper sticker. Other perks include a laser engraved logo keychain, a cover for iPhone or Galaxy phones, a logo t-shirt and limited edition scale models.
The Hammerhead Project will keep supporters updated on the project's website and on social media. People will also receive monthly development updates by email. After raising funds, Case plans to partner with an existing aerospace company. He estimates that the Hammerhead prototype could be flying within three years. For more information, visit the project's website http://www.hammerheadproject.com.