PHRACTYL

is creating a personal aerial vehicle

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Kilo-Patron

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$5
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Thank you very much for supporting us!  You are literally contributing kilograms of gains, to help us lift this aircraft off the ground.

  • Exclusive patron-only posts and videos
  • You are now immune from walking into glass doors.

Mega-Patron

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$20
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Thank you ever so much for supporting us!  Your are directly contributing megajoules of energy to keep us going.

You should be hearing from the Nobel prize committee soon, regarding your awesomeness award.
  • Exclusive patron-only posts and videos
  • You are now immune from walking into glass doors.
  • You are now blessed with always plugging in USB-B devices correctly, the first time.

Giga-Patron

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$100
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Thank you even more than ever so much for supporting us!  You are simply contributing 1.21 gigawatts of electricity to the project.

You can now add Superhero onto your CV.
  • Exclusive patron-only posts and videos
  • You are now immune from walking into glass doors.
  • You are now blessed with always plugging in USB-B devices correctly, the first time.
  • It is physically impossible for you to miss, when attempting to throw something in the dustbin.
  • 3D printed scale model of the aircraft

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$126

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About PHRACTYL

We are a South African startup company focussing on bringing sustainable mobility to Africa. PHRACTYL stands for the PHRontier for Agile Complex Technology sYstem evoLution. For those of you who don't speak in hackronyms, this simply means that we are a group of people, looking to use technology to invent and develop useful things for the benefit of everyone.

We are currently working on the development of a personal aerial vehicle, which we are calling the Macrobat. It would be extremely cool to be able to travel around in a "flying car", but the project is also aimed at solving many other critical transportation challenges. This is especially relevant in the African context, where the land-based transport infrastructure is not well developed.

We will be documenting the development process and sharing it in the form of video tutorials and demonstrations, so that you can regularly follow along with our progress.  Content will be made available in all of the fields of this multifaceted project:

  • systems thinking
  • engineering
  • advanced manufacturing
  • computational mechanics and simulation-led design
  • 3D modelling and animation
  • visual communication and data visualisation
  • people and community development
At the moment, we are working towards building and testing a scale model prototype of the aircraft.  All money that we receive from Patreon will go into supporting the staff, and purchasing equipment for the scale model.

If you have not seen our introductory video yet, we highly recommend that you do, since it summarises our story quite effectively.  Thank you for reading, if indeed you still are, and we look forward to welcoming you to the PHRACTYL team very soon!
Goals
$126.32 of $6,000 per month
The Scale Model Prototype
This goal will enable us to complete the build of the scale model prototype.
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