There were no people inside, as this is a mini version.
A prototype of a flying taxi, developed by Bartini based in Skolkovo, fell during the first test. The device took off for a minute, flew a couple of meters and fell into a snowdrift. The live broadcast was conducted on Life’s YouTube channel. Ilya Hanykov, general director of Bartini, commented on the failure of the tests with .
According to Khanykov, the device turned off in the middle of the flight due to the fact that it froze after a long wait for the test to start. Judging by the broadcast, they prepared more than 30 minutes for a short demonstration flight.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]We do not know what happened. We must remove the data from the flight control, see the telemetry, see how the flight controller worked out the control signals from the operator.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]We do not know yet whether this is a programming error or an operator error.[/perfectpullquote]
As Khanykov assured, this demonstration showed that such devices need infrastructure, including covered premises. “This is the model for conducting such tests,” he added.
The prototype on video is a drone worth 12 million rubles, which looks like aerotaxis in miniature. The launch of the full version is scheduled for 2020: presumably, it will be able to carry four people at speeds up to 250 kilometers per hour.
Bartini is developing a full-scale model of a flying taxi for transporting people. The company is part of an alliance of companies called McFly , which is working on the infrastructure and development of air taxi in Russia. On December 7, a laboratory for the development of infrastructure for air taxiing opened in Skolkovo.