Marcelo Aguiar is Chief Automotive Designer at UNITI Sweden, an electric car startup. Though cars are his bread and butter, Aguiar designed this non-automotive Polestar Duo concept for the Polestar Design Competition:
It's essentially a shipping container lifted by a gigantic drone. (If that sounds outlandish, consider that a Chinook helicopter can lift 26,000 pounds, enough to carry a 40-foot shipping container, so the idea of rotors lifting tremendous amounts of weight is at least possible.) Aguiar, however, envisions the containers being made to contain people rather than goods:
"The nature of how people live and move about the world is changing. People frequently change where they live and work. There has been an increase of cultural events that has created a need for pop-up structures and occasional accommodation. There is also increasing demand for temporary structures for humanitarian emergencies."
"This itinerant lifestyle is central to the idea behind Polestar Duo by designer Marcelo Aguiar. It combines lightweight modular design, and drone technology, to realise a new type of compact movable capsule that can work as a small home for two, or for many other temporary purposes."
"Duo elegantly shows the potential for a new type of design that combines building and vehicle to respond to and enable societal change."
Check out more of Aguiar's work here.
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A Chinook can lift 24,000 pounds of payload because it has two turboshaft engines developing 4,733 hp each, powering two 60-ft rotors for a total of 5,600 square feet of rotor area, fueled by 6,000 pounds (1,000 gallons) of JET-A.
I would like to see the numbers on this one.