Desert Aerospace is still testing the prototype which made its first flight earlier this spring. There aren't a lot of performance details or a price yet. But the company says it will be much less than existing self-launch gliders from the more expensive German manufacturers.
The jet engine does burn more than 20 gallons per hour, but with such impressive performance, a good soaring pilot will only need to run the engine for a few minutes to get to sufficient altitude.
Photos: Desert Aerospace / Jason Paur – Wired.com