Personal Air Vehicle challenge videos

Ever wondered why we still can’t jump into a car-like vehicle and someway down the highway flip a switch and convet to flight mode and take-off for a day visit to San Francisco or Rome, depending on whether your in Europe or the US?

Well NASA is trying to make personal air transport, as easy as driving a car, possible and part of that is its Centennial Challenge Personal Air Vehicle competition, the winners of which won $250,000 worth of prizes this week.

Click continue reading to see the videos.You can see the videos from the competition here:

And here!

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3 Responses to Personal Air Vehicle challenge videos

  1. Gary Fragger 21 August, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

    Personally, I think that NASA should invest our tax dollars in American companies. Furthermore, I really believe that companies should be innovative in their product offerings, and not depend on the government to assist them in their endeavors.

  2. Rob Coppinger 22 August, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    To be fair to NASA and the PAV competitors the money is not paying all the companies costs, it is a contribution by NASA to innovative development that does not involve the laborious process of the agency’s normal research contractual arrangements but could still deliver results.

  3. Gary 23 November, 2007 at 7:07 pm #

    Hi Rob,

    You mentioned “but could still deliver results,” but to whom would the results be delivered. I’m still not a fan of NASA using our “tax payers” dollars to aid companies’ in their quest to innovate. I believe in allowing the companies to secure their own “private” funding to come up with innovative technologies.

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