Building an open source aircraft


In this video, the most recent of a series that started about a month ago, you can watch startup Raptor Aircraft build the first prototype of its kit aircraft, which it plans to offer at cost price with an open source design so universities and businesses can modify and improve it.

The Raptor is a 5 person, pressurized, composite aircraft with a wide cabin and a “possible” top speed of 345mph (550 km/h)  and will be equipped with an optional BRS airframe parachute, constant speed propeller and anti-lock brakes. “It’s a luxury SUV for the sky” says the company.

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