California-based Craft Aerospace has developed a nine-seater long-distance aircraft with unusual designs.
The fuselage of a Craft aircraft is very similar to that of traditional airliners. But the design of the wings and tail looks unusual: the front fender is connected to the lower part of the cockpit. The result is something that looks like a diamond when viewed from above or below.
The diamond shape of the closed wing ensures clear airflow under the aircraft.
There are also several blow valves at the rear of the fenders: they expand and bend downward to redirect airflow when vertical thrust is required, or retract to continue flying at a certain altitude.
As a result, the plane can take off not horizontally, as we are used to, but vertically. The company said that they have already tested their vertical take-off technology on several released samples.
It is not yet clear how effective this approach to takeoff and landing is, since takeoff without acceleration requires serious resources and sufficient thrust. On the other hand, thanks to this, the plane can be planted, for example, on the roofs of skyscrapers.