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-The skycar was invented on Earth by Paul Moller. ​ It's a form of small aeryodyne -- an aircraft in which lift and maneuvering are primarily controlled using vectored thrust rather than moveable control surfaces. ​ Thanks to their sophisticated control electronics,​ skycars are as easy to use, and as safe, as automobiles.+The skycar was invented on [[Earth]] by Paul Moller. ​ It's a form of small aeryodyne -- an aircraft in which lift and maneuvering are primarily controlled using vectored thrust rather than moveable control surfaces. ​ Thanks to their sophisticated control electronics,​ skycars are as easy to use, and as safe, as automobiles.
  
 The typical skycar is propelled by four enclosed fan-pods which can be pivoted between vertical and horizontal positions. ​ In vertical mode they allow the skycar to take off and land like a helicopter, while in horizontal mode they provide faster and more efficient travel. ​ The fuselage and canopy of a skycar is designed to serve as a lifting body, and most skycars also have stubby wings. The typical skycar is propelled by four enclosed fan-pods which can be pivoted between vertical and horizontal positions. ​ In vertical mode they allow the skycar to take off and land like a helicopter, while in horizontal mode they provide faster and more efficient travel. ​ The fuselage and canopy of a skycar is designed to serve as a lifting body, and most skycars also have stubby wings.
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 The capacity of skycars varies much in the same way that automobiles vary -- there are two-seaters,​ four-seaters,​ and larger skycars which are the equivalents of vans or SUVs, not to mention ambulances. The capacity of skycars varies much in the same way that automobiles vary -- there are two-seaters,​ four-seaters,​ and larger skycars which are the equivalents of vans or SUVs, not to mention ambulances.
  
-Skycars on different worlds have very different power sources and methods of operation. ​ Skycars on Luna and Mars, with their low gravity and enclosed habitats, are always propelled by electric motors in their fan-pods, and use rechargeable supercapacitor ​"power cells" ​for energy storage. ​ Actually skycars are of very little use on Mars, due to the tunnel systems, and have only limited use in the underground dome habitats of Luna -- as prestige limousines for the elite, or as ambulances or law enforcement vehicles.+Skycars on different worlds have very different power sources and methods of operation. ​ Skycars on Luna and Mars, with their low gravity and enclosed habitats, are always propelled by electric motors in their fan-pods, and use rechargeable supercapacitor ​[[power cells]] for energy storage. ​ Actually skycars are of very little use on [[Mars]], due to the tunnel systems, and have only limited use in the underground dome habitats of [[Luna]] -- as prestige limousines for the elite, or as ambulances or law enforcement vehicles.
  
-Skycars on Oceania and Annyrion operate under higher gravity and have much higher range requirements. ​ As a result, most of them are designed as hybrids with turbine or rotapower engines driving a generator, which in turn powers the fans.  Some of the smaller, consumer-oriented cars have a power cell which can drive the fans during takeoff and landing, in order to keep engine noise under control. ​ Some of the larger skycars used by the military, rescue services, or for development in wilderness areas are powered only by rotapower engines mounted directly in the fan-pods. ​ These are quite noisy when lifting off or landing. ​ The fuel is most often a form of biofuel (such as biodiesel) derived from cultivated algae.+Skycars on [[Oceania]] and [[Annyrion]] operate under higher gravity and have much higher range requirements. ​ As a result, most of them are designed as hybrids with turbine or rotapower engines driving a generator, which in turn powers the fans.  Some of the smaller, consumer-oriented cars have a power cell which can drive the fans during takeoff and landing, in order to keep engine noise under control. ​ Some of the larger skycars used by the military, rescue services, or for development in wilderness areas are powered only by rotapower engines mounted directly in the fan-pods. ​ These are quite noisy when lifting off or landing. ​ The fuel is most often a form of biofuel (such as biodiesel) derived from cultivated algae.
  
 Skycars remain more expensive than automobiles,​ and are usually available only for the well-to-do or for institutions and large corporations. Skycars remain more expensive than automobiles,​ and are usually available only for the well-to-do or for institutions and large corporations.
  
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