New Concept 2 (concept design)
Crisalion Mobility was founded in San Sebastián, Spain in 2016 and became a leading company in unmanned aerial systems. The company is now based in Madrid, Spain. The company offers custom services for national and international customers. The company was originally named Umiles Group. In 2020, the company changed its name to Umiles Next. The company's first flying prototype was made by Tecnalia's Research and Technological Development Center (based in Spain). On October 25, 2023, the company announced they changed their name change to Crisalion Mobility to better reflect the identity of the company. (Image credit: Crisalion Mobility)
Crisalion Mobility has received more than €15 million (EUR) from Grupo Ibérica and Grupo Valdemira (both based in Spain) that is being used to continue to expand its technology development and begin air service for advanced air mobility (AAM). In addition, Crisalion has commissioned the investment bank Blue Bull to seek investors for a funding round in hopes to raise between €20 to €25 million (EUR) additional euros. BlueBull, an investment bank specializing in high-growth technology companies, acts as exclusive financial advisor to Crisalion Mobility.
The company's purpose is developing and manufacturing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger and air cargo aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). In addition, the company is also developing remote controlled electric passenger ground vehicles. The company's mission is to be a world leader in advanced, efficient and sustainably manufactured air and ground mobility to improve people's lives. The company has its own technology that maximizes aircraft stability and safety called FlyFree. Tecnalia developed the technology and many successful test flights with this avionics package have been made in Europe. The technology for safe remote driving of their ground vehicles is called IntellyDrive.
Concerning the new company name Crisalion Mobility, it is a blend of two concepts, the chrysalis and the lion. The chrysalis part of the new name represents the transition from ground to air and is also a metaphor for the beginning of the new nascent aviation industry taking place right now around the world of advanced air mobility (AAM). The lion in the name represents the courage, strength and leadership it takes to build a company for urban and intercity advanced air mobility (AAM) and advanced ground mobility (AGM) for the future.
In 2019, the company's first flight of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger prototype aircraft took place in an indoor stadium. The company has stated they are one of the first company's in the world to perform successfully flight tests of their eVTOL full scale prototype. Since 2022, the prototype has been making many outdoor test flights. The company also has a remote control center in Spain for their remotely operated ground vehicles.
New Concept 2 passenger eVTOL multicopter concept design aircraft
The New Concept 2 is a more modern and sleeker one passenger eVTOL multicopter concept design aircraft. There multiple changes to the New Concept 2 including a slightly redesigned fuselage including a new mirrored and redesigned canopy over the cockpit. The shrouded propeller guards have green and red warning lights built into the protective propeller shrouds. The aircraft has a carbon fiber composite fuselage and has custom aerodynamic carbon fiber propeller booms. The aircraft was initially slated to be manufactured after the New Concept 1 multicopter flying prototype but was never made into a working prototype.
The multicopter has an expected flight time is 15 minutes and has an anticipated range of 15 km (9 m). The typical cruise altitude is 100-300 m (328-984 ft) and has a maximum altitude of 800 m (2,625 ft). The multicopter has 16 propellers in custom made shrouded propeller guards, has 16 electric motors and is powered by batteries. The capsular cabin shape was designed for optimal aerodynamic stability while in flight. The aircraft lands on its front two propeller booms and on the bottom of the fuselage.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger multicopter concept design aircraft
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Flight time: 15 minutes
- Range: 15 km (9 m)
- Cruise altitude: 100-300 m (328-984 ft)
- Maximum altitude: 800 m (2,625 ft)
- Propellers: 16 shrouded propellers
- Electric motors: 16 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Window: Canopy over cockpit
- Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of the fuselage and the front two propeller booms
- 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. There are also redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
- Crisalion Mobility website
- Crisalion Mobility X (formerly Twitter)
- Umiles Next YouTube Channel
- Crisalion Mobility Instagram
- Crisalion Mobility LinkedIn
- Umiles Group website
- Umiles Group Facebook
- Umiles Group X (formerly Twitter)
- Umiles Group Instagram
- Tecnalia website
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