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Project Zero at the Paris Air Show (pictures)

AgustaWestland's exotic single-passenger tiltrotor is powered by batteries and uses no hydraulic systems. Here's a look at the aircraft.

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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

AgustaWestland's Project Zero is an all-electric tiltrotor. The aviation company showed it off at the Paris Air Show.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

AgustaWestland's Project Zero takes off vertically like a helicopter then flies horizontally like an airplane. The propellers tilt to make it through the transition -- thus the term tiltrotor.
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Project Zero in flight

Project Zero is shown flying forward in this illustration.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

The rotors are mounted inside a black, circular frame that pivots within the Project Zero's wing.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

Project Zero, shown here at the Paris Air Show, is big enough for a single passenger.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

The underside of Project Zero at the Paris Air Show.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

The rear of AgustaWestland's Project Zero, seen here at the Paris Air Show, has a decidedly avian appearance.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

Project Zero, appearing at the Paris Air Show, is a technology demonstration aircraft, so don't expect one in your garage soon.
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Project Zero at Paris Air Show

To keep things as light as possible, Project Zero uses a lot of carbon fiber.

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