Joby Lotus Featured Image

Joby Aviation
Santa Cruz, California, USA

The Joby Aviation Lotus Tricopter features three propellers; two on each wing and one on the tail of the aircraft. This designates the aircraft as Vectored Thrust, as the back propeller can tilt to increase the aircraft’s speed. The design is extremely unique, as the two wing rotors are able to fold into the wing.

The aircraft was designed in partnership with NASA to be one of the first VTOL aircraft to reach a 24-hour endurance. The 55-lb demonstrator was electric, but the production model would have been hybrid electric.

Joby was honored in May 2018 with the Vertical Flight Society’s Paul E. Haueter Award, given for an outstanding technical contribution to the field of VTOL aircraft development other than a helicopter or an operational vertical flight aircraft. The 2018 Haueter Award was awarded to JoeBen Bevirt, the founder and chief executive officer of Joby Aviation Inc., for successfully demonstrating the world’s first high-speed multi-passenger electric VTOL aircraft.

Joby Lotus Featured Image
Joby Lotus mockup in flight
Joby Lotus under construction
Joby Lotus under construction
Joby Lotus diagram showing the folding of the propellers
Specification Demonstrator Potential Production UAV
Gross weight 55 lb (24.9 kg) 275 lb (124.7 kg) class
Payload 7 lb (3.2 kg) 60 lb (27.2 kg)
Wingspan 11 ft (3.35 m) 22 ft (6.71 m)
Endurance 1+ hr 24 hr
Cruise speed 62 kts (114.8 kph) 100 kts (185.2 kph)
Cruise altitude 10,000 ft (3048 m) 21,000 ft (6400.8 m)
Total power 4 hp (2.98 kW) 20 hp (14.91kW)
Total battery mass 10 lb (4.5 kg) 25 lb (11.3 kg)
Diesel Fuel capacity N/A 9 gallons (34.06 liters)



JobyVectored ThrustDefunctScaled Prototype0 PassengersElectric HybridAutonomousVFS Member