Unpowered flight is an age-old dream that has challenged engineers and designers for decades. Although not having a motive power source complicates the process, gliding is an economical, environmentally friendly and accessible way to navigate the skies. Thanks to the new generation of gliders, this form of transportation has advanced significantly.
The Archaeopteryx is a second-generation glider that offers excellent flight capabilities and can be propelled by the motive power of the pilot, who must run downhill to take off and then soar in flight.
In addition to taking off by pilot power, the Archaeopteryx can also be propelled by extendable ropes that simulate the effect of a slingshot or by other motorized means that tow it over flat areas.
The glider is constructed of fiberglass and weighs only 54 kilograms, making it easy to transport and maneuver. The price of the most basic Archaeopteryx is $92 000 USD in January 2024.
The outstanding design of the Archaeopteryx allows it to take off and stay in flight at very low speeds, even below 30 km/h. In addition, its handling is extremely simple and the stability it exhibits in the air is exceptional. Another advantage of the Archaeopteryx is that it can be disassembled very easily, making it easy to transport anywhere.
In the following video you can see the Archaeopteryx in action and appreciate its excellent flight capabilities:
Importantly, the Archaeopteryx has won several awards and accolades in the gliding world, including the Innovation award at the 2019 Paris Air Show. With its sophisticated design and focus on sustainability and efficiency, the Archaeopteryx is a prime example of how gliding can be a viable and exciting alternative to traditional air transportation.