Archer is a fully electric plane that actually takes off vertically and lands vertically. So when I first saw this I thought okay so some people are going to buy this for themselves pop it in their backyards use it as like a helicopter but No… that is not the purpose of this what they’re doing is they’re creating a whole new network for mass transportation so people like you and me. we’re going to be riding around in this Archer in the future instead of cars.
what is actually going on here?
A lot of us are spending too much time in traffic especially in these really crowded suburban areas so what they’re going to do is they’re going to have helipads just like this that fits on a helipad or on the top of car parks lots of different areas around the city where you can actually get into this and instead of driving an hour to get to your destination it will only take about 10 minutes.
it’s probably going to be really expensive?
No that sounds like how can you keep the cost so low. so per mile, it’s going to be about three to four dollars. So that sounds like how can you keep the cost so low? per mile, it’s going to be about three to four dollars so an hour-long trip in a car is going to cost you about 30 to 40 dollars in this plane. so it’s actually going to cost you less than getting in an Uber to your destination for an hour.
You got six rotors here in the front you see this and you can see that they actually are designed to move so at the moment they’re facing up and that is for takeoff so they’ll face up to take off.
it’ll take about 30 seconds and then once you’re in the air these rotors will actually tip forward. so the plane is being driven forward by these rotors so these things move which is super cool now on the back you’ve got another six rotors and these ones always stay upright here all along the wingspan.
what is super cool about Archer?
1 – The sound reduction
if you hear a helicopter you can literally hear a helicopter approaching from miles away they’re really really noisy. this right here is a hundred times quieter than a helicopter why because you’ve got one massive rotor on a helicopter right at the top and the edges of the rotor swing so fast that they’re actually almost breaking the sound barrier so that’s when you get the “boo..bhooo” sounds like you can hear from miles away this right here.
Archer actually got much smaller blades and you’ve got 12 of them so it actually makes the sound much much less noisy than a helicopter. so that’s one of the main things going for this as opposed to a helicopter. The other thing is electric motors, not the engine.
2 – Zero points of failure
what does that actually mean? in a helicopter you have about 200 to 300 points of failure if one of those things goes wrong that’s it you’re going down. with this pretty much everything can fail and you’re still going to land safely. That is kind of crazy because these are all independent motors so if you lose one two three four which I mean the chances of that happen would be so small but if it did happen because it has a wing you can still glide down to safety.
Archer is also built for mini-exploration trips so you can go to places that, for example, never even had roads built to them you can land literally anywhere I mean new desert locations just remote areas basically that you never would have been able to get to by car or it would take too long to get there.
Now should we have a look inside? we can see all of these similarities between cars .who doesn’t love a gold wing look at that how cool does that look is the first one they’ve built it.
actually, seats for two passengers but when Archer comes to market what they’re gonna do is they’re gonna have a piloted version so the pilot will sit up the front here and then you’ll have four passengers in the back this right here can actually fly autonomously it does not need a pilot but because of regulations at this point, they’re not allowed to launch this version.
So you got this cool screen here and this will just show some basics because of course, you don’t really need to know that much it’s just it’s taking you on your journey from a to b you just sit back and let the maker do its thing you’ll just have like the current trip where you’re going how long it will take to get there may be the altitude the temperature & the speed and boommmmm there’s really not much else you need.
In Archer you’ve got some cupholders, of course, to take your coffee with you and back here I said oh what’s gonna be in there he’s like well not sure yet I said well it should be champagne just like a rolls Royce you know rolls Royce compartment you lift this out you got champagne and some flutes and off you go champagne would be more expensive than the trip if you bought a champagne bottle that’d be twice as much as you paying for a seat in this Archer that is absolutely insane