Aerodyne has recently announced in spring 2019, they will be getting into the eVTOL manufacturing business with their proposed aircraft called the Vector. The aircraft is foreseen being used for cargo delivery, emergency response and/or for passenger use.
The prototype vehicle is based drone technology, with four (4) electric motors using lithium-ion batteries. It is expected to weigh about 1,323 lbs (600 kg) including carrying a load in the range of 331-441 lbs (150-200 kg), cruise at an altitude of approximately 160 ft (50 m) traveling around 37 mph (60 km/h) and have an estimated flying time between 30 to 90 minutes.
The scale model recently shown at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia in March 2019 shows a two (2) passenger aircraft. The company at this point in time has not confirmed the number of passengers the vehicle will actually hold and has not speculated on future models.
According to company officials, a team of eight aerospace and mechanical engineers are working on the prototype. Aerodyne’s goal is to have a flying prototype by June 2019.
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- Article: Malaysia’s ‘flying car’ is actually a drone, says vehicle’s maker, Today, Mar. 29, 2019
- Article: Aerodyne to launch prototype of air mobility vehicle by year end, Urban Transport News, Mar. 28, 2019