The British company Vertical Aerospace has built a prototype aircraft of the vertical take-off and landing, and conducted its first test flight.
Bristol Aerospace Vertical aims to ensure that within four years to run long distance aircraft taxi in the UK. The mass of the prototype is 750 kilograms, it is equipped with three-bladed rotors, and at the moment is able to hold in the air for only about five minutes, can reach speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour.
It is expected that the maximum speed eVTOLs will fluctuate around 200 mph (320 km/h) with the initial flight range from 100 to 140 miles (160 – 225 km). It is expected that in the future, the range will increase to 800 km.
Vertical Aerospace was founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick and now it has a staff of 28 engineers and technicians recruited from the ranks of Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Martin Jet Pack, DarkTrace and General Electric. Over the past 12 months the company has collected display stand eVTOL with a full-size image, gave permission for flight test from the civil aviation authority and has implemented it in the air over the airport and the Cotswolds.
“We learned a lot from Formula 1, both from the point of view of both technology and pace of development. Lightweight materials, aerodynamics and electrical systems, developed using the F1, very applicable to the aircraft, much more than by road transport. Giving these technologies in the hands of experienced engineers in the aerospace industry, we are able to build advanced aircraft,” said Fitzpatrick.