Aurora 1/4 Scale eVTOL demonstrator

Aurora eVTOL
Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
Manassas, Virginia, USA
www.aurora.aero

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 kph. 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.

Aurora eVTOL concept aircraft
Aurora eVTOL Vertiport
Aurora’s eVTOL at a vertiport
The quarter-scale Aurora eVTOL in flight. (Aurora photo by Karen Dillon)

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)

1/4-Scale Full-Scale
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
Power type electric/batteries electric/batteries
Passenger capacity 0 2
First Flight April 2017 2018

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