Ecolibri JSC was registered on June 15, 2021 in Moscow, Russia and are in the business of making electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and hybrid-electric VTOL passenger aircraft for advanced aerial mobility (AAM). The company announced that most of the components for their aircraft will be made in Russia.
The Ecolibri is a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft and holds four passengers and will be piloted by artificial intelligence (AI). The conceptual design of the aircraft started in 2017, the production aircraft has a very modern design and has a spacious interior. The estimated cruise speed of the aircraft is 200 km/h (124 mph), a maximum cruise speed of 270 km/h (167 mph) and a range 1,200 km (745 miles). The maximum payload of the aircraft is in the range of 270-300 kg (595-661 lb).
The aircraft has 10 propellers and has 10 electric propellers. The aircraft has one high main wing, has eight dedicated VTOL propellers on two booms on each wing and has an inverted tail boom. The tail boom has two pusher propellers for forward flight. The aircraft has retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear. The aircraft can also be powered by batteries alone, once battery density becomes great enough for long distance travel.
The company has stated their aircraft is less complicated and more reliable than a helicopter, making the aircraft less expensive to purchase, safer to fly and will have less maintenance costs. The company hopes to starts have test flight by 2024 and expects the aircraft to be in serial production sometime between 2029-2032.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL passenger aircraft
- Piloting: Artificial intelligence (AI)
- Capacity: 4 passengers, possibly
- Cruise speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
- Maximum cruise speed: 270 km/h (167 mph)
- Range: 1,200 km (745 m)
- Maximum payload: 270-300 kg (595-661 lb)
- Propellers: 10 electric propellers
- Electric motors: 10 electric motors
- Power source: Hybrid-electric
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Larger than conventional windows for excellent views for the passengers
- Wings: 1 main high wing
- Tail: 1 inverted boom mounted tail
- Landing gear: Retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear
- 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.
- Ecolibri website
- Ecolibri LinkedIn
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