The prototype of the aerotaxi created at Skolkovo fell into a snowdrift during testing 

There were no people inside, as this is a mini version.

Tests of the prototype of aerotaxi made in Skolkovo original

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]
Ilya Khanykov
General Director of Bartini

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.

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