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 Sport eVTOL concept design is a sporty one passenger open cockpit multicopter appears to have been made for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), air racing and off road adventures. The front of the aircraft has a retro-styled square front which could possibly be air intake to cool the batteries powering the aircraft. The cockpit is an open air cockpit with no sides on the cockpit, allowing the pilot enter and exit the aircraft very similar to getting on a motorcycle and allows the pilot to have the air flowing all around while in flight. 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.
There is a small type of windscreen for the pilot's comfort with foot rests on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft has some distinguishing features such as the boom made out of multiple tubes which are connected to the fuselage in multiple places apparently to strengthen the rigidity of aircraft. Fixed skid type landing gear is unique with a large flat horizontal skid in the front of the aircraft which is perpendicular to the fuselage and a rear lengthwise skid in the rear. The landing skids could possibly be described as a tricycle-type landing gear arrangement. It looks like there might be hard carbon fiber saddle bags on each side of the rear of the fuselage for the storage of personal belongings of the pilot. An inverted U tail is fixed on top of the fuselage, just behind the pilot's seat.
As of 2020, Heitech was aquired by XPeng and now exists as a branch of the company.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL hoverbike multicopter
- Piloting: 1 person
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propellers on 4 stationary booms
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Cockpit: Open cockpit with motorcycle styled seating (no sides to the cockpit cabin, just like a motocycle)
- Fuselage: Light weight material
- Tail: Small inverted U tail
- Landing gear: Fixed skid type landing gear, with a large flat horizontal skid in the front which is perpendicular to the fuselage and a rear lengthwise skid in the rear. Could possibly be described as a tricycle-type landing gear arrangement.
- 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.
- XPeng website
- Hey XPeng YouTube Channel
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