On Nov. 6, VerdeGo Aero, headquartered in the Research Park at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, announced that it would be providing its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) technology platform to enable future hybrid and battery-electric variants of the Transcend Air Vy 400 aircraft. “VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP systems are a modular set of battery-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion components that are under development to support a wide array of VTOL aircraft and mission profiles,” the company stated. Later in November, VerdeGo announced a partnership with Seyer Industries to build a world-class supply chain to manufacture VerdeGo’s IDEP hybrid-electric powertrain systems. Seyer is a third-generation family-owned business founded in 1957 that specializes in aerospace structural assemblies. Seyer serves as a supplier to both commercial and defense manufacturers, as well as a supplier directly to the US Department of Defense.
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 including the ASX Mobi. 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 Press release: Verdego Aero teams with ASX, January 15, 2019 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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Vy 400 Transcend Air Rancho Santa Fe, CA www.transcend.aero The Transcend Air Vy 400 is a tilt-wing Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft that is designed for efficient city-to-city transportation. The Vy 400 has fully tilting wings with props powered by a P&WC PT6 -67F turboshaft 1,300 kW engine. It also employs a collective and a 30 kW electric pusher prop at its tail fan for fly-by-wire envelope protection. It uses Geofencing plus sensors to avoid obstacles. It has a speed 650 km/h and a range of up to 725 km. Its payload is 1,000 kg. It includes whole airframe parachute. The Vy will carry one pilot and five passengers. Units are expected to run $3.5 million dollars. In November 2018 Transcend Air selected VerdeGo Aero to provide hybrid electric propulsion systems for an expanding family of Vy aircraft after the turbine Vy 400 has matured. The company plans to establish a short-haul air service between barges in 46 cities including Boston – New York – Washington D.C., San Francisco – Los Angeles – San Diego or Montreal – Toronto. In September 2018 two electric-powered, one-fifth-scale prototypes began flight test to evaluate vertical and forward flight transition. These will be followed by a half-scale prototype powered by a smaller PT6A engine to demonstrate the drive train. As of January 2019, assuming a successful Series A round funding round, first flight of a full-scale manned prototype is expected in 2021. Certification is expected in late 2023. TThe Vy 400 is based on a long line of flying VTOL prototypes, including the 900kg manned Elytron Converticopter. Resources Search eVTOL news posts Website: Transcend Air Article: Transcend Air announces “affordable” city-to-city VTOL aircraft, Vertical Magazine, June 28, 2018 Tags: Transcend, Vectored Thrust, Scaled Prototype, 6 Passengers, Electric/Batteries, Piloted