Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI)
Zhukovsky, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Founded on December 1, 1918 by N. E. Zhukovsky, the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute is the first aircraft design bureau in Russia. Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute is also referred to has TsAGI (Defined: Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute). The institute's headquarters is currently in Zhukovsky, Russia and according to the institute, is the largest scientific research center in the world. The institute researches, tests and designs all types of aircraft from helicopters to jets and spacecraft. The institute has recently been researching, designing and testing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
Mark Ovsyannikov, Junior Researcher for Remotely Piloted Air Systems (TsAGI) and Konstantin Kosushkin, Division Head for Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Dynamics (TsAGI) have developed concept designs for electric multicopters and both believe these are the most proposing electric aircraft for Urban Air Mobility and air cargo, in large Russian cities.
The Flying Taxi eVTOL multicopter is optimized for two to four passengers, have a range of just over 200 km (124 m), have 14 propellers, 14 electric motors with fixed skid-type landing gear. When seating is removed, the aircraft can hold approximately 200-500 kg (441-1,102 lb) of air cargo.
Computer simulations have been made to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of their eVTOL multicopter designs. As of the summer of 2021, there has been no mention if any prototype have been built or the timeline of when one will be built.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL multicopter for passenger and cargo
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: 2-4 passengers
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: 200 km (124 m)
- Maximum payload: 200-500 kg (441-1,102 lb)
- Propellers: 14 propellers
- Electric Motors: 14 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Panoramic windows with a wrap around window design allowing forward, left, right visibility, for spectacular views with a solid roof overhead
- Landing gear: Fixed skin landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.