Japan's team teTra, a group of aerospace professionals who came together to compete in the GoFly Prize, has won the GoFly Final Flyoff for their personal flying machine design – but the big prize is still in the offing.
It may sound like a dream, but the GoFly Prize is a $2+ million USD, two-year competition to create "a personal flying device that can be safely used by anyone, anywhere," says GoFly. "With Boeing as its Grand Sponsor and Pratt & Whitney as its Corporate Sponsor, The GoFly Prize will provide teams with expertise, mentorship, prizes and global exposure as they compete to create the world's first safe, ultra-compact, urban-compatible personal flying device."
Now, the GoFly Prize has announced that teTra Aviation has won the $100,000 Disruptor Award at the GoFly Final Fly-Off held at Moffett Federal Airfield at NASA's Ames Research Center – a successful conclusion to the team's two years of research. Nobody has yet won the $1 million Grand Prize – but GoFly says that award is coming in "the near future."
The following is a GoFly Prize press release.
(Mountain View, CA, Feb. 29, 2020) – teTra Aviation, a team from Tokyo, Japan, has won the $100,000 Pratt & Whitney Disruptor Award in the Inaugural GoFly Prize Final Fly-Off, the world's first global competition to create personal human flyers. The team, captained by Tasuku Nakai, a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, won the award for its teTra 3 machine.
The GoFly Prize has catalyzed the creation of personal flyers as a first step towards transforming the future of transportation with flying cars, flying motorcycles, hoverboards, jetpacks, human-carrying drones and other personal flyers. Some 854 teams comprising 3800-plus innovators from 103 countries took up the GoFly challenge and, over the past two years have been crafting their machines and testing them as manned, mannequin-bearing, and unmanned machines.