London, England, United Kingdom
Founded in January 2019, Bellwether Industries is based out of London, England with the mission to provide electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft for use in cities worldwide. Bellwether now has offices across the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China and UAE.
The company is focusing on making eVTOL aircraft, the system allowing the aircraft to fly safely in an urban environment and provide the necessary infrastructure for aircraft to take off and land from.
The Antelope is a one passenger futuristic-stylized eVTOL aircraft with four ducted fans, four electric motors and a battery back for its power source. The aircraft has a canopy, like a jet fighter has, so the passenger (who is also the pilot) has a clear field of vision in any direction. The aircraft lands on the bottom portion of its fuselage reducing complexity and the weight of the aircraft.
Key Features Of The Antelope:
- Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft
- Has a hidden propulsion system
- The all electric propulsion translates to an environmentally friendly aircraft
- Capable traveling within a city
- Has a compact profile
The Antelope is a quiet aircraft, efficient and safe. The aircraft has been designed to have pleasing aesthetics both inside and outside the aircraft. The passenger compartment which is also the cockpit, provides a very well thought out interior which is also comfortable and relaxing to ride in. The company states the aircraft will have an intuitive interface allowing the passenger to easily pilot and fly the aircraft to the desired destination. Bellwether Industries states their eVTOL aircraft has very high standards of craftsmanship.
Beautiful, comfortable and simple.
In addition, the company has partnered with multiple high quality suppliers to assure high quality materials, electronics and parts are used to construct the aircraft. The company foresees the aircraft to be used for person Urban Air Mobility as well as on-demand air taxi service.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger aircraft
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Propellers: 4 ducted fans
- Electric Motors: 4 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Canopy over cockpit
- Tail: V-tail
- Landing gear: Fixed landing gear using the base of the fuselage
- 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.
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- Video: Project Antelope | Urban Air Transport Vehicle 'Volar', Bellwether Industries, Mar. 9, 2019
- Article: Bellwether Industries first volar prototype was partnering with Axalta to provide a fine finishing., Bellwether Industries, Aug. 7, 2019
- Article: Bellwether Stories | Chapter 1: The Start, Bellwether Industries, Aug. 7, 2019
- Article: Bellwether Stories | Chapter 2. The Design, Bellwether Industries, Aug. 8, 2019
- Article: Bellwether Industries is partnering with Enata Aerospace to visualize the future of UAM., Bellwether Industries, Sept. 6, 2019
- Article: Bellwether Stories | Chapter 3. The Manufacturing, Bellwether Industries, Nov. 27, 2019
- Article: Bellwether Stories | Chapter 4. The Process, Bellwether Industries, Jan. 19, 2020
- Article: What is UAM? The Basic Concepts of Urban Air Mobility., Bellwether Industries, Jan. 6, 2021