Heitech Aeronautics & Astronautics
Based in China, Zhao Deli has created an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) flying hoverbike, called the Magic Cloud. From when he was young, Zhao always liked electronics, science and had the dream to fly. In 2008, Zhao by chance, saw a group of people flying remote-controlled model aircraft which sparked his interest in flying again. He began to work on, study and learn to make model aircraft, including drones and helicopters and learned how to make them fly.
After making electric drones for several years (including a hybrid-electric drone), Zhao started his own company in 2010 to sell drones. The company created five different drone models to manufacture and sell. Then around 2016, Zhao read about a hover surfboard from Canada, this information was the catalyst to for him to begin building an eVTOL hoverbike for one passenger.
He started out funding himself with his own money, by selling his home and borrowing money from friends. He has now attracted investors to keep his research going. After his drone company went bankrupt, Zhao Deli attracted an investment of $2.8 million (USD), all from Chinese venture capitalists.
The Heitech Cruiser eVTOL concept design is a sleek aerodynamic luxury multi-passenger multicopter appears to have been made for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). This aircraft either holds two or four passengers comfortably, with front, side and a full sun roof for spectacular views for the occupants. The aircraft has four booms with two propellers on each end of the booms for vertical and forward flight, for a grand total of eight propellers for the entire aircraft. In all probability, the company will use carbon fiber to get the intricate shapes for the sleek and modern looking aircraft.
The aircraft's distinguishing features include the entire aircraft being a low profile vehicle, it has an aerodynamic front, aerodynamic booms for the multirotors and has retractable landing gear. It is unknown how passengers enter and exit the aircraft; however, the canopy might open and close or there are doors on each side of the aircraft. There is a probability this aircraft would not fit into a standard parking space and would need to land on vertiport made for UAM or on some type of special landing pad.
As of 2020, Heitech was obtained by XPeng and now exists as a branch of the company.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL hoverbike multicopter
- Capacity: From 2 to 4 people including a pilot or possibly flown autonomously
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propellers on booms, the booms for the propellers are aerodynamic and most likely provide some lift during forward flight
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Cockpit: Enclosed cockpit
- Windows: Forward, side and top windows provide spectacular views for the passengers
- Landing gear: Retractable landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers. 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.
- XPeng website
- Hey XPeng YouTube Channel
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