Slipstream Elite (concept design)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
In 2021, Brett Northey, CEO, founded ACE VTOL in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The company's goal is to design and manufacturer electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company has also stated their aircraft will be able to accept a hybrid-electric power source. The company is in the design stage of its aircraft and has a small staff. As of May 2023, the company has six patents pending. All images copyright Ace VTOL.
Slipstream Elite high performance two passenger eVTOL concept design aircraft
The Slipstream Elite eVTOL is a two passenger high-speed high performance eVTOL concept design aircraft for advanced air mobility. The aircraft has four Arc Reaction Engines (ARE) located on the four corners of the aircraft and are used for all directions of flight, including forward flight, backwards flight, vertical flight and turning the aircraft. The aircraft has precision aerodynamics allowing it to land in tight spaces, such as a space in a parking lot. While specifications have not been released (as of June 2023), the aircraft is remotely piloted, is a high performance aircraft, is personalized to customer specifications and is also business integrated.
We have created a duel redundant SAAS through engineering Blockchain and flight path Holochain that allows A.I. to certify every flight, while assigning a certified remote pilot to oversee and take command when required. —Ace VTOL website, May 30, 2023
Slipstream Elite piloting and wing configuration
The aircraft will be flown using a low earth orbit satellite-hosted blockchain and an artificial intelligence (AI) flight management system with a virtual reality (VR) pilot interface. This will allow the company to remotely operate the aircraft at any location on the planet with minimal hardware. The aircraft has no wings and has retractable quadricycle strut landing gear.
The dual redundant SaaS system is designed to ensure the eVTOL aircraft's safe operation by providing two independent systems, one for engineering and the other for flight management. The FMS uses Blockchain and Holochain technologies to create a tamper-proof record, ensuring that every eVTOL aircraft maintenance and operation adhere to industry standards before every flight.
The AI Holochain pre-flight certification process further enhances safety by ensuring that every eVTOL aircraft follows the designated flight path to avoids collisions, while being able to adapt to real time changes due to obstacles or emergencies. —Ace VTOL website, May 30, 2023
Slipstream Elite Arc Reaction Engine powered by batteries
The company is using Arc Reaction Engines (ARE) which are advanced fluidics electric engines that combines heat from a continuous plasma arc into the central inductive airflow that increases the thrust performance. Each Arc engine pod uses three electric motors for a total of twelve electric motors used for the propulsion of the aircraft. The aircraft is powered with batteries that have an eight second recharging cycle. The aircraft also has atmospheric ion in-flight recharging, also called scavenge recharging. That is, the aircraft can recharge its batteries as it flies. The aircraft can also be powered using a hybrid-electric power source such as using hydrogen fuel cells. The aircraft has a three stage safety redundancy built into its systems.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL passenger and cargo concept design aircraft
- Piloting: Low earth orbit satellite-hosted blockchain and AI flight management system with a virtual reality pilot interface
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Propellers: 4 next gen plasma engines
- Electric motors: 12 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries with 8 second recharging or hybrid-electric using hydrogen fuel cells. Uses atmospheric ion in-flight recharging.
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Window: Canopy over cockpit
- Landing gear: Retractable quadricycle strut landing gear
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. The aircraft has a three stage safety redundancy built into its systems.
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- Article: Ace VTOL has received 3 Bluesky Awards, 2022, Ace VTOL, 2022
- Article: Brett Northey: A Remarkable Leader on a Mission to Disrupt the Future of Flying, Apac Entrepreneur, July 2022
- Article: These wild flying machines are set to shake up the VTOL world, TNW, Mar. 1, 2023
- Article: Ace VTOL has won Most Innovative eVTOL Aerospace Company 2023, Ace VTOL, 2023
- Video: Ace VTOL Trinity, Ace VTOL, May 23, 2023
- Article: Australia’s Ace VTOL wins AUD250 million order from Aeroauto for personal eVTOLs, Urban Air Mobility News, July 24, 2023
- Article: FutureFlight Weekly News Roundup, Future Flight, Aug. 23, 2023