Jersey City team to compete in fly off with electric-powered octocopter

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A new way of flying is taking off in Jersey City.

Mariah Cain, 24, is the pilot for the Airboard 2.0 -- an electric-powered octocopter. She is one of the only women to pilot a personal flyer like it.

It took engineer Jeff Elkins and his team three months to get the Airboard 2.0 off the ground. It's the second version of the invention and a third updated carbon fiber version is coming out soon.

There are eight different engines with eight propeller flying that are 40 inches long and can take riders up to 1,000 feet.

Elkins, Cain and the Dragonair are taking part in a $2 million fly off, competing as a finalist against nearly 4,000 innovators from 103 countries for the international GoFly Prize.

The Dragonair Team will compete in February of 2020. They hope to commercially market their personal flyer in four years.

The Airboard can fly at speeds of up to 55 mph.

 

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