Founded in 2017, ARC Aerosystems (formerly Samad Aerospace) is a technology start-up company set out to design and manufacture safe, eco-friendly, scalable, luxury electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and hybrid-electric VTOL passenger aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM) and for air cargo. Since its founding, the company has generated over 10,000 pages of technical reports as a result of more than 100,000 engineering work hours. The company is based in the United Kingdom and is financed by venture capital and is looking for additional funding. (All images: ARC Aerosystems)
The company has designed multiple models of eVTOL and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft to help shape the future with eco-friendly door-to-door urban air transportation. The ultimate goal of the aircraft is to give back time to the air traveler compared to lengthy time it takes today to fly with conventional air travel.
As of 2023, ARC Aerosystems has acquired the following patent and design rights:
Utility: Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) propulsion system on blended wing body (BWB) passenger aircraft (European Patent Corporation Treaty)
Design: Vehicle configuration of two-in-one air-and-ground vehicle unit (United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office)
Utility: Power management (battery packs) on two-in-one air-and-ground vehicle unit (United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office)
Arc Aerosystems acquires the intellectual property rights and type certification for the Pegasus gyrocopter
At the 2023 Paris Airshow (France), Arc Aerosystems announced they acquired the intellectual property rights and type certification for the Pegasus gyrocopter, a fully Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified VTOL gyroplane. Pegasus was originally built by the Canadian manufacturer Avian Ltd in the 1960s. Avian ceased operations in 1970. Arc Aerosystems plans to develop the Linx P03 into an eVTOL gyrocopter (an all-electric gyrocopter) from the original Lycoming piston engine powered Pegasus aircraft. The original aircraft had dual controls, one starboard door, one seat in the front for the pilot and had a bench seat in the rear of the cabin which held two people.
Linx P3 eVTOL gyrocopter aircraft specifications
The Linx P3 eVTOL gyrocopter aircraft is flown by one pilot and carries two passengers. The minimum flying speed is 40 km/h (25 mph) and has a cruise speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). The range is 110 km (68 miles), has a 10 minute reserve and flies at a maximum altitude of 3,962 m (12,999 ft). The gyrocopter has one three-bladed unpowered main rotor, a dual electric motor for the three-bladed pusher propeller, uses redundant battery packs for its power source, has a large unobstructed front window, has floor to ceiling side windows for excellent views, has a composite airframe and has fixed tricycle wheeled landing gear.
The gyrocopter has jump takeoff capability meaning it can operate from helipads. The gyrocopter has been said to be one of the safest aircraft in the world because when landing in an emergency situation, it is the same as landing the aircraft under normal conditions. A gyrocopter's main rotorblades are never powered. The words gyrocopter and gyroplane are synonymous terms.
The company has stated the advantage of an eVTOL gyrocopter is the cost savings from the simplicity of the all-electric powertrain. In addition, the flight control system is fully mechanical, another important safety feature. If the battery power is completely depleted or the electrical systems stop functioning, the pilot still has control of the aircraft to make a landing. The company states the low cost of bringing this aircraft to market will result in almost the same prices for on-demand ground-based taxi service.
Electric motors: 2 electric motors (for the pusher propeller)
Power source: Redundant battery packs
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Windows: Panoramic wrap around windows allowing forward, left and right visibility for spectacular views with a solid roof above the passenger compartment
Landing gear: Fixed tricycle wheeled landing gear
Safety features: If there is a power failure for the pusher propeller, the gyrocopter can still autorotate and land safely. The gyrocopter has been said to be one of the safest aircraft in the world because when landing in an emergency situation, it is the same as landing the aircraft under normal conditions. The flight control systems are mechanical so if there is a total power failure, the pilot has flight control to land the gyrocopter safely. There are also multiple redundant systems in the gyrocopter making the Linx P3 a much safer aircraft.
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