When we analyzed the market, we expanded the horizon of possibilities and chose to design an aircraft which enables and addresses multiple use cases. We came up with a design that could be used for air taxi, logistics, air ambulance operations, tourism, air surveillance, aerial photography, wildlife monitoring and so on. We believe that applications are not just limited to urban areas or the ones which we’ve listed. Such a platform will open up opportunities and build new relations serving our customers and communities worldwide.
Aircraft engineering is complex and we need proven methods to understand and build the next generation of solutions. We’re using a blend of classical and modern systems engineering techniques to design systems and components. We’re also adopting new technologies to define new frontiers of engineering.
- Classical system engineering methods for system studies.
- Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) for system design & multidisciplinary optimization.
- Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimize design of parts.
- Use of simulation & early sub-scale prototyping to test concepts.
Our models and tests on the sub-scale model have given us sufficient confidence to continue forward.
We’re designing a piloted, all electric aircraft platform, which meets the needs of the mentioned use cases from urban, sub-urban or rural areas. The reason we’re building a piloted aircraft is because we understand that the required regulation, customer perception and public psychology is more favorable to accept a piloted version of the aircraft. We humans place more trust in a pilot than an artificially intelligent machine. The infrastructure required to support a human piloted aircraft exists and urban operations are possible.
The aircraft will have the following features:
- Full glass cockpit
- Advanced navigation systems
- Ergonomic cockpit design using touch screens
- Custom joystick designed for EVTOL operations
- Aircraft health monitoring & status on your phone
- Redundant motors
- Triple fail-safe flight control system
- Distributed electric propulsion
- Dual redundant avionics systems
- Dual redundant full glass cockpit
- Take-off assist system
- Collision avoidance, safe navigation
- Flight-envelope protection
- Landing assist systems
- Full aircraft parachute
- Swappable battery pack design for quick turn-around time
- Lighter composite fiber airframe for low weight, high strength, high endurance
- Speed: 250 km/h
- Range: 200 km
- Payload capacity: 500 kg
- Take-off weight: 2180 kg
- Fits in a space of 12m X 8m
- 100x quieter than helicopter @ 1500ft
- Takes off and lands like a helicopter from small spaces & existing helipads
- Transitions to forward flight gaining speed & efficiency like an airplane