Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
Manassas, Virginia, USA
The Aurora eVTOL will be an electric aircraft with eight propellers for vertical flight and a push-prop and wings for use cruising as an air taxi carrying two passengers.
The full sized aircraft will employ eight electric vertical propellers for take-off and landing and one push-prop for cruising. It will have both a length and wingspan of 8 m and be able to carry a load of 225 kgs at a speed of 180 km/h. It is designed to fly autonomously although in its early stages it will be piloted.
The Aurora eVTOL is being designed to will operate from “hub-to-hub” between designated “vertiports” as an air taxi. It will carry two people (pilot included) as well as luggage.
Aurora’s aircraft is born out of a 2017 partnership with Uber as part of the Uber Elevate Mission. A 1/10 model was flown with and without a fuselage. This was followed by a fully configured 1/4 sized model.
The joint goal of the companies is for 50 full sized crafts to be tested in Dallas, Texas and Dubai, The United Arab Emirates by 2020 with commercial service beginning in 2023.
Aurora ’s eVTOL concept was derived from its XV-24AX-plane program with the DoD and other autonomous aircraft the company has previously developed.
On May 8, 2018, at the second Uber Elevate Summit, Aurora unveiled three design variants that are also being considered.
Aurora eVTOL Characteristics (from June 2017)
|Fuselage length||6.6 ft||2 m||26.2 ft||8 m|
|Overall height||not available||not available||not available||not available|
|Wingspan||6.6 ft||2 m||26.2 ft||8 m|
|Tip-to-tip distance||6.6 ft||2 m||26.2 ft||8 m|
|Empty weight||unknown||1,265 lb||575 kg|
|Max gross takeoff wt||27.6 lb||12.5 kg||1,760 lb||800 kg|
|Useful load||unknown||495 lb||225 kg|
|Cruise speed||48.6 kt||90 km/h||97 kt||180 km/h|
|Lift Propulsors||8 propellers + 1 cruise||8 propellers + 1 cruise|
|Motor output||8x 100 hp||8x 75 kW||unknown|
|First Flight||April 2017||2018|
- Search eVTOL news posts
- Aurora: eVTOL website
- Briefing slides: 4th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop, June 2017
- Article: Uber, Aurora Introduce New eVTOL Flying Taxi, Composites World, April 28, 2017