2021

Siva Shanker
Polestar Atom

A vertical take-off and landing craft of elegant simplicity.

A vertical take-off and landing craft of elegant simplicity.

About the design

Interest in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft is growing, but few prototypes have realised the simplicity of designer Siva Shanker’s Polestar Atom, which takes inspiration from classic gyroscopes.  

It is a central passenger pod featuring two simple wrap-around seats. It’s gimballed to keep it constantly level, as the surrounding tri-rotor chassis pitches and rolls when the vehicle is accelerating and moving. 

Flight will always be an energy intensive mode of transport. With battery technologies constantly developing, there is increasing potential for a small, elegant VTOL craft designed to make journeys far more efficient than in today’s fossil fuel-powered light aircraft.  Atom shows how this might be. 

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