Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini has crafted a niche for futuristic designs under the
The vehicle is dubbed Stratosfera Aquatica in watercraft mode – having a spherical design measuring 1.65 meters in diameter – like a small pod for two people. The sphere is made out of ultra-lightweight carbon fiber material. The water mode has a very low center of gravity since the batteries are fitted inside the lower end of the extendable foil setup. This helps the structure work like a gyroscope to keep the sphere pod stable via the self-balancing system for a smooth ride en route to the destination. The balancing act ensures the tilting angle of the Stratosfera counters any abrupt movement for a comfort-laden ride for the passengers. The pod is powered by twin 150 hp electric jet engines – propelling it forward high above the water at speeds of 30 knots – and when the speed is slowed down, the pod comes down on the surface of the water.
In the flight mode, the Stratosfera Volatile adapts the characteristics of a quadcopter, flying at a speed of 250 km/h eVTOL or can be set up for solar-powered flying mode. The good news is that the Jet Capsule company plans to launch Stratosfera as an open-source project by mid-2022. This will immensely help in futuristic mobility study as owners will be able to contribute to the development and designing upgrades of the watercraft. I hope they are taking pre-orders soon!