EHang 116 (prototype)
EHang Holdings Limited
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
EHang was founded in December 2014 by Huazhi Hu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Derrick Yifang Xiong, Director and Chief Marketing Officer. EHang is an autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company based in China and is pioneering the future of all-electric aerial transportation through multiple proprietary products and services. The company designs and manufactures electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger and cargo aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The mission of EHang is to provide safe, autonomous and eco-friendly air mobility for everyone.
EHang's proprietary electric products and services include:
- eVTOL passenger transportation
- eVTOL logistics
- Smart city management
- Command and Control Center (For passenger, cargo and drone services.)
- Multiple commercial eVTOL drone services (Such as aerial mapping; forest fire surveillance, inspection and reporting; public safety surveillance; traffic management; 3 dimension modeling; news reporting and more.)
- eVTOL Aerial Media (Light shows in the sky at night created by using thousands of drones.
In January 2016, EHang announced the world’s first autonomous one passenger EHang 184 eVTOL prototype. In 2018, the company announced both a one passenger EHang 116 eVTOL production version aircraft and their EHang 216 eVTOL production version aircraft. EHang delivered their first EHang 216 aircraft to a customer in March 2018, for testing, training and demonstration purposes. The EHang 116 and 216 can also perform cargo-only flights. In the summer of 2020, EHang was issued a Special Flight Operations Certificate for the 216 Logistics cargo drone.
EHang 116 one passenger eVTOL prototype multicopter aircraft
The EHang 116 is a one passenger eVTOL prototype multicopter and is a fully autonomous aircraft with a cruising speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) and has a maximum flight time of 19 minutes. At a full payload of 140 kg (309 lbs), its maximum range for the aircraft is 31 km (19 miles). The EHang 116 has 16 independent propellers and 16 independent motors mounted on eight arms for all directions of flight.
The operating system on each EHang aircraft consist of an autopilot, flight control system which can activate contingency measures in emergency situations, communication systems, battery management system, safety management system and aircraft lighting. The operating system is secured with data-encryption technologies for data security and have back-up systems.
The ground systems include the Command and Control Centers, handheld and computer based control units, charging equipment, Smart Cities system, adaptability and scalability built in the system, and more. The Command and Control Center can manually take control of the aircraft if necessary or requested by the customer.
Our autopilot and flight control system collects and analyzes data from sensors installed on our autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs), including accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetic compass, barometers, visual sensors, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers and millimeter wave radars. Informed by the extensive data collected by these sensors, our AAVs use advanced algorithms to make intelligent navigation decisions, including correcting courses, adapting to weather conditions and avoiding obstacles during flight. —EHang
The aircraft flight route is an inverted U. It takes off vertically and then flies at a predetermined altitude avoiding any buildings, structures, trees and any other aircraft, then when over its landing spot, it lands vertically like a helicopter. The aircraft be flown anytime during the day or night, but during extreme weather conditions, the aircraft will be grounded.
The interior of the aircraft is very modern with a 12 inch display screen for the instrument panel which has an intuitive and user-friendly interface so passengers can select their destinations and any other options. The aircraft has a modern interior with comfortable seating and the aircraft has panoramic windows which provide the passenger with spectacular views.
The aircraft is made of carbon fiber composite materials and aviation-grade aluminum alloy to ensure strength, safety and high-level performance. The company foresees the EHang aircraft use for air taxi service, tourism, cargo deliveries and medevac services. The company plans to sell their aircraft to companies and to individuals.
Command and Control Center
As of September 30, 2019, the company has built and Command and Control Center for Smart City management in Lianyungang and Shaoguan, two medium-sized cities in China.
Public Offering in 2019
EHang filed a $100 million initial public offering (IPO) dated October 31, 2019 with the Nasdaq Stock Market (USA), or Nasdaq, and when approved, anyone will be able to buy stock in their company. As of the date of the prospectus, EHang has delivered 37 eVTOL aircraft to customers.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger prototype multicopter
- Piloting: Autonomous, integrated with a Command and Control Center
- Capacity: 1 pilot
- Cruising speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
- Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
- Flight time with maximum payload: 19 minutes
- Flight distance with maximum payload: 31 km (19 miles)
- Maximum payload: 140 kg (309 lbs)
- Maximum altitude (above sea level): 3,000 meters
- Flight window: Can fly during the day and night
- Propellers: 16 propellers
- Electric motors: 16 electric motors
- Arms for propellers and motors: 8 arms
- Time to full charge: Approximately 120 minutes
- Windows: Large panoramic windows for stunning and spectacular views increasing passenger enjoyment
- Doors: Gull-wing doors
- Interior: A comfortable modern design
- Landing gear: Fixed skid landing gear
- Safety features: Distributed electric propulsion (DEP) provides redundancy increasing the aircraft's safety. If any of components malfunction, the aircraft will immediately land. There is encrypted communication. Will not take off during extreme weather conditions. A Command and Control Center accurately monitors data and for complete route control. A flight control system can activate contingency measures in emergency situations. Safety technology is in the flight control systems, propulsion systems and battery management systems.
- EHang website
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- EHang YouTube
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