There’s a race into the future going on overhead. The GoFly Prize competition invites innovators worldwide to create a personal flyer. And that innovation up in the air could land one team $1 million.
Launched in 2017 with Boeing as its grand sponsor, the competition is to design and build a safe, quiet, ultra-compact personal flyer that can achieve near-vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and fly 20 miles while carrying a single person. So far, 855 teams across 103 countries have vied for the $1 million grand prize. New teams are still welcome to join.
Scores for the grand prize will be based on:
- Performance, including speed and endurance.
- The ability to achieve near VTOL.
- The experience of open-air flight.
Boeing Chief Engineer Greg Hyslop is amped about how high this could go.
“The competition aligns with our company’s goals of inspiring people across the globe and changing the world through aerospace innovation. We’re excited to see how the visionaries of the future will take on this ambitious and exciting challenge,” Hyslop said.
Gwen Lighter, GoFly CEO, said the organizers look forward to going even bigger.
“Our teams around the globe continue to make the impossible possible,” Lighter said. “It is a privilege to support these pioneers in their flying and engineering endeavors.”
Discover how you can GoFly here.