Santa Cruz, California, USA
Joby Aviation in Santa Cruz, California has been working to fundamentally question how to achieve the best civil transport VTOL aircraft with the newly available electric propulsion technologies. The S2 concept takes everything learned from two years of collaborative study with NASA that resulted in the NASA GL-10, Joby Lotus, and joint NASA/Joby LEAPTech concepts.
The Joby S2 seats two passengers and features 16 propellers that tilt and/or fold. Instead of requiring the wing to tilt with a single point of failure, the S2 permits each fixed pitch propeller to rotate at the laterally and longitudinally distributed nacelles.
Joby was initially funded by JoeBen Bevirt, Paul Sciarra and others, but now Series A and Series B investments have reached $130M.
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 has since discontinued the S2, shifting efforts to the four-seating Joby S4
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- Website: Joby Aviation
- U.S. Patent: Aerodynamically efficient lightweight vertical take-off and landing aircraft with pivoting rotors and stowing rotor blades, March 18, 2014
- Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March 2017
- Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, January 2017
- Article: Lift Where You Need It, Vertiflite, November 1, 2016
- Article: The Joby S2 VTOL Concept, Vertiflite,
- Article: AHS International Leads Transformative Vertical Flight Initiative, eVTOL News, November 1, 2014