Florida-based VerdeGo Aero has refocused its efforts from developing its PAT200 tandem tiltwing eVTOL aircraft towards developing powertrain and controls solutions. The company announced on Aug. 1 that it was launching its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems to be a supplier for other eVTOL developers. VerdeGo President Erik Lindbergh said that “As our customers focus on designing, developing, and producing more than 20,000 aircraft by 2035, VerdeGo will be helping them open up this $30B+ transportation market”. In the press release, the company said: More than 100 aircraft companies around the world are now competing for a share of the Urban Air Mobility ‘Flying car’ market. Many of these new aircraft concepts were inspired by small-scale consumer drone designs. There are critical differences in propulsion systems, aircraft control, and safety that make developing a 2,000+ lb [1 t] aircraft far more challenging than a lightweight drone. VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP systems “are designed as end-to-end solutions with integrated hardware and software to provide energy, redundancy, power distribution, propulsion, and attitude control for a wide array of vertical takeoff (VTOL) and distributed electric propulsion (DEP) aircraft platforms.” The first generation IDEP systems are sized for 2–3 seat (200–350 hp/150–260 kW) and 5–7 seat (500–800 hp/375–600 kW) aircraft and contain hybrid generators to enable eVTOL “to be viable with technologies available today.” As battery technologies mature, VerdeGo’s modular IDEP systems will also be configured with rechargeable battery packs providing the primary power.
VerdeGo Green Team Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has founded VerdeGo Aero, “an innovative new aerospace company with a mission to provide the upcoming multi-billion-dollar urban transportation market with a safe, clean, and quiet hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that can fly piloted or autonomously.” The new company, with Lindbergh as president, taps electric aircraft industry pioneers Dr. Pat Anderson as Chief Technology Officer, and Eric Bartsch as Chief Operating Officer; VerdeGo’s headquarters is at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University MicaPlex in Daytona Beach, Florida. Each principal has more than a decade of past experience with green aviation. The VerdeGo PAT200 is a two-seat, hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft designed for commercial use in short-range urban transportation networks. The PAT200 has eight electric propulsion pods on a dual-tiltwing platform — the propellers on the rear wing are pushers that tilt down for vertical flight, while the propellers on the canard are tractors, tilting up for VTOL mode.
Personal Air Taxi 200 (PAT200) VerdeGo Aero Daytona Beach, Florida, USA verdegoaero.com VerdeGo Aero is based at the MicaPlex Aerospace Innovation Complex in the Embry-Riddle Research Park in Daytona, FL. The company is developing a quiet, 2-seat, hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft designed for commercial use in short-range urban transportation networks. The PAT200 has 8 electric propulsion pods on a dual-tilt wing platform. The propellers on the rear wing are pushers and tilt down for vertical flight, while the propellers on the canard are tractors, tilting up for VTOL mode. VerdeGo Aero has multiple patents pending on unique aspects of its eVTOL aircraft, and envisions numerous applications, from urban air mobility to disaster relief and cargo delivery. Multiple prototypes were developed but the company announced on Aug. 1, 2018 that it was shifting its immediate focus from developing the PAT200 to becoming a supplier to the multi-billion dollar eVTOL market. The development of the VerdeGo Aero PAT200 is now on hold. Trifan 600 Characteristics (Dec 2017) Passengers 2 Useful load 227 kg 500 lb Typical Flight 30-60 km 20-40 mi Max Cruise Speed 240 kph 150 mph Configuration Dual tilt-wing Propulsion 8 electric motors driving independent rotors Energy Storage Onboard generator – liquid fuel Capable of multiple revenue flights between refueling stops Resources Search eVTOL news posts VerdeGo Aero website VerdeGo Aero Technical Spec Sheet VerdeGo Aero Facebook page Article: Verdego Aero VTOL: An Interview with Eric Bartsch, Impakter, Feb. 28, 2018 Press release: Lindbergh builds dream team, Dec. 6, 2017 YouTube Video: VerdeGo Aero 7, Powering Imagination, Oct 23, 2017 Tags: VerdeGo, Vectored Thrust, Scaled Prototype, 2 Passengers, Electric Hybrid, Autonomous
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Turning Volts to VTOL The motors that propel and control electric vertical flight pose design, integration and certification challenges. By Frank Colucci Vertiflite, Jan/Feb, 2018 The AHS website on manned electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — www.eVTOL.news — catalogs more than 40 separate aircraft designs currently under development around the world. Nearly all of them leverage the promise of distributed electric propulsion (DEP) — using multiple electric motors, each one spinning a simple propeller, to generate thrust with the goal of making a new generation of aircraft that is efficient, quiet and safe. Eighteen brushless DC motors driving fixed-pitch propellers arrayed on a lattice ring powered the Volocopter VC200 air taxi during demonstrations this past September in Dubai. Thirty-six motors turning fans in a ducted wing and canard powered the electric Lilium Jet flown last April near Munich. The hybrid-electric VerdeGo Personal Air Taxi 200 — still in design — uses eight motors to drive cyclic pitch prop-rotors on tilting fore and aft wings; the Daytona Beach, Florida, developer expects to fly a sub-scale demonstrator with commercial motors in 2018. But currently available electric motors are proving inadequate for the needs of eVTOL propulsion, and innovators are having to design their own. According to research engineer Dr. Steven Daniel at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagle Flight Research Center, “Off-the-shelf motors are generally okay for non-optimized designs. Unfortunately, if you’re talking about a VTOL where you’re trying to get the most endurance out of the batteries, you want an optimized design. It needs to be built at the systems level.” eVTOL systems integrating motors, rotors and controllers with power generation, storage and distribution also have to be certified safe by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and international regulators. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) formed the Electric Propulsion & Innovation Committee (EPIC) in 2016 to hammer out ground rules for fixed-wing and rotary-wing electric aircraft. The 47-member committee brings together manufacturers and government agencies to talk about electric flight regulations. “The new, simplified Part 23 regulations allow us to certify all-electric [fixed-wing] aircraft up to 19 passengers, 19,000 lb [8,600 kg],” said GAMA vice president of global innovation and policy Greg Bowles. , “There is ongoing work with the FAA and other key authorities to determine if we can apply Part 23 regulations to eVTOL aircraft with specific VTOL issues addressed with standards dedicated to VTOL differences. Optimally, within the GAMA EPIC, we are working to develop a globally coordinated path for the certification of eVTOL very quickly.” DEP provides new alternatives to traditional helicopters (see “Lift Where You Need It,” Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2016). However, innovative eVTOL configurations without helicopter autorotation raise new safety issues for certification. The Airbus Helicopters CityAirbus eVTOL uses four pairs of motors driving four pairs of ducted propellers. The Workhorse SureFly hybrid electric octocopter unveiled at the Paris Air Show last June has eight motor and propellers paired on four lifting booms for redundancy. and adds a vehicle parachute for emergency landings, as do …
† designates a defunct project (updated July 15, 2018)