I think I might like to have a go....

The Black Knight Transformer is designed for autonomous casualty evacuation and manned or unmanned cargo resupply missions. Its unmanned capabilities keep pilots out of harm’s way, making it the safest casualty evacuation option. The interior volume is comparable to a Blackhawk helicopter, making it well-suited for cargo missions as well. 


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Comment by Jared Reabow on January 9, 2014 at 12:25pm

Dude i would definitely! fly that!!!!!!

Comment by Trent at MyGeekShow on January 9, 2014 at 12:35pm

Wow... that thing looks pretty intense. How do the "physics" change when you get to something that size?

Comment by Euan Ramsay on January 9, 2014 at 12:39pm

I'd like to see them do a compassmot on that...

Comment by mdisher on January 9, 2014 at 1:48pm

Is HELL YES an option?

Comment by John on January 9, 2014 at 2:53pm
Comment by Scottkal on January 10, 2014 at 2:26am

Maybe they should talk to these guys VTOLD, they have a 1.5m x 1.5m x 1m demo unit flying already and it looks simple and has greater flexibility & airspeed according to the site!

Comment by Gagarien on January 10, 2014 at 9:48am

HELL NO!!... ok maybe in ground effect only, transition to safe alt. for ballistic shute if there is one would be scary like crap. Eight times the chance of an engine failure.. hahahaha

Comment by Kevin Hester on January 10, 2014 at 10:54am

Definitely.  The great thing is that they were able to give the APM clear view of sky and the compass doesn't have motors causing interference. ;-)

Comment by Brad Hughey on January 13, 2014 at 4:36pm

I'm late to this party, but I'm actually glad to see other, currently more well-funded inventors getting into the manned electric multicopter fray.  It's an excellent idea (if I do say so myself), although this one has the added twist of being able to roll on down the highway too.  Two points need to be made, though:

@Trent: The physics has been beat to death in this and other threads:


@Gargarien: It would have a "dead man's curve" like all other helicopters.  Large, cyclic pitch control helicopters that rely on autorotative recovery or a multicopter with a ballistic chute still exhibit the same problem - too low and/or too slow and you're in deep kimchee if there is a significant mechanical failure.  At least with redundancy, a single thrust unit failure might not be a show-stopper.


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