teTra Aviation, a crew from Tokyo, Japan, has received the $100,000 Pratt & Whitney Disruptor Award within the Inaugural GoFly Prize Closing Fly-Off, the world’s first international competitors to create private human flyers. The crew, captained by Tasuku Nakai, a doctoral scholar on the College of Tokyo, received the award for its teTra three machine.
The GoFly Prize has catalyzed the creation of private flyers as a primary step in the direction of reworking the way forward for transportation with flying vehicles, flying bikes, hoverboards, jetpacks, human-carrying drones and different private flyers. Some 854 groups comprising 3800-plus innovators from 103 nations took up the GoFly problem and, over the previous two years have been crafting their machines and testing them as manned, mannequin-bearing, and unmanned machines.
“After a lot anticipation, we’re thrilled to announce that teTra Aviation is the winner of the Pratt & Whitney Disruptor Award,” mentioned GoFly Founder and CEO Gwen Lighter. “The crew displayed the technical design and inventive prowess that we got down to encourage after we created the GoFly Prize. teTra created a singular private flyer and we stay up for supporting them as they take the following steps in the direction of revolutionizing human mobility.”
“Innovation has at all times been on the core of our DNA at Pratt & Whitney and we applaud GoFly’s efforts to remodel the business,” confirmed Geoff Hunt, Senior Vice President, Engineering. “We’re proud to sponsor such an distinctive competitors and we designed the Disruptor Award to acknowledge the crew that challenged the established order, delivered distinctive considering into a fancy problem and regarded security, reliability, sturdiness and system integration.”
“That is past my creativeness,” mentioned Nakai. “The entire crew is glad to have fun this achievement. Private flying is the way forward for transportation and I do know there can be a day when each particular person will be capable of take off and land anyplace.”
He added, “On behalf of my complete crew, I need to say thanks to GoFly and Pratt & Whitney.”
Previous to the Closing Fly-Off, held at Moffett Federal Airfield throughout Leap Day, 10 groups had been named Section I winners and had been awarded $20,000 prizes for his or her ideas, whereas 5 groups had been named Section II winners and had been awarded $50,000 for his or her prototype submissions. In the mean time, no crew captured the Grand Prize title, however GoFly appears to be like ahead to awarding that $1 million prize within the close to future.
The GoFly Prize is supported by Grand Sponsor Boeing, Disruptor Award Sponsor Pratt & Whitney, in addition to greater than 20 nationwide and worldwide aviation and innovation organizations. All groups collaborating within the competitors additionally benefited from the steerage and experience of a devoted Mentors and Masters program.
For extra details about the GoFly Prize, please go to http://www.goflyprize.com.
About The GoFly Prize
The GoFly Prize is a $2+ million USD, two-year worldwide incentive competitors to create a private flying machine that may be safely utilized by anybody, anyplace. With Boeing as its Grand Sponsor and Pratt & Whitney as its Company Sponsor, The GoFly Prize will present groups with experience, mentorship, prizes and international publicity as they compete to create the world’s first secure, ultra-compact, urban-compatible private flying machine. The multi-phase competitors encourages opponents from around the globe to take part in making the dream of human flight a actuality. For extra data or to type a brand new crew to compete, go to http://www.goflyprize.com.
About Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney is a world chief within the design, manufacture and repair of plane and helicopter engines, and auxiliary energy models. United Applied sciences Corp., primarily based in Farmington, Connecticut, offers high-technology methods and providers to the constructing and aerospace industries. To study extra about UTC, go to its web site at www.utc.com, or observe the corporate on Twitter: @UTC.
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