What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Flying Hummers
- The Pentagon agencyâ€™s $50-million-plus exploratory program for the Transformer (TX) calls for a â€śrobust ground vehicleâ€ť that can quickly transform into a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft with a 1,000-pound payload capacity and a flying range of nearly 300 miles. Darpa has a daunting list of specs for any would-be contractors: It must be able to take on small-arms fire and meet federal standards for safety and crash protection. Itâ€™s got to have four-wheel drive and be able to reach an altitude of 10,000 feet. Oh, and should the driver become incapacitated, it has to be able to fly itself.