Regent's Seaglider World's First Flying Electric Boat
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Regent’s Seaglider, the world’s first flying electric boat concept, completes its test flight. Flying close to the ground surface is more efficient for planes than flying in the air at a higher altitude, even if they are mildly buoyant. This is because there is an air cushion between the wings and the ground beneath them.

Because of the height restrictions, ground effect aircraft are limited to flying over water. Flying over land is risky and isn’t a viable option.

Mike Klinker, Regent CTO, and co-founder, in a press release said, “People have been attempting to make wing-in-ground effect vehicles viable for 60 years, and in 15 months we have gone from a drawing on a napkin to the first successful flight.” 

Modernization of electric boats may solve the problem of making them economically attractive.

Early electric aircraft have a range that is not as practical to carry passengers. However, with the new generation of technology, this could become a more useful option than gas travel once again.

One example of this is the development of artificial intelligence. In just a year and a half, it went from being written on the back of a napkin to generating $7 billion in sales.Regent's Seaglider World's First Flying Electric Boat_2About Regent Seaglider
Regent’s Seagliders were intended to be able to ‘fake boat’ like, so it can taxi slowly while on the sea and only lifts off the surface of the water when it accelerates.

The Seaglider is able to create lift in order to travel over the water, reducing drag and requiring less energy to stay above the liquid’s surface.

The hydrofoils fold away once the aircraft is in the air. This reduces drag and increases fuel efficiency, making it easier to take off from water.

An electric powertrain will pave the way for emissions-free transportation that is capable of reaching speeds up to 180 mph and seats up to 14 people. They say that this new kind of airplane will be fast, cost half as much to operate.

The idea is scalable, so bigger versions can be created with increasing passenger numbers. Regent plans to make planes of at least 150 seats in the near future.Regent's Seaglider World's First Flying Electric Boat_1With Regent’s plan coming to fruition, the market is supporting the movement. Regent, a customized aircraft manufacturer, has received pre orders totaling astonishing $7 billion. They have also unveiled their custom 18-foot prototype Seaglider.

In the video, the vehicle slows down and becomes faster as each event occurs. They also go on other water crafts such as a hydrofoil and take off into the air.

Though it was all filmed in calm seas and good weather, the hydrofoil objects are graceful and we’re curious to find out what it feels like inside as they slow down. The landing is likely to be gentle, contrasting with a seaplane’s typical bumpy landing.

According to Klinker, “Regent is the first team in history to overcome the deficiency of low wave tolerance with past designs by combining high-speed hydrofoils with ground-effect flight – a crucial innovation that will revolutionize coastal transit. No vehicle in history can match the combined wave tolerance and speed of our seaglider.”

Future of Regent’s Seaglider
The next step for Regent is to create a full-scale prototype with a 65-foot (19.8 m) wingspan in order to begin manned trials by 2024. They have already raised about $18 million for this part of the project.

With the Seaglider’s anticipated popularization, it’ll be capable of carrying passengers in 2025.Regent's Seaglider World's First Flying Electric Boat_3The company has committed significant funding, and has already shown capability to quickly develop a project. With this certification, it will have an edge over a new aviation venture that is electric VTOLs.

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