Hemanth kumar Sudhakaran
Coventry, England, United Kingdom
Hemanth Kumar Sudhakaran has designed a concept electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) during his time as a student for an Automotive Design Master's Graduate at Coventry University in England. Sudhakaran notes in his concept design write-up that by 2050, it has been estimated that two thirds of the population of the world will be living in urban areas and what the world needs will be clean and fast urban travel for people to move around efficiently in these cities.
The name of his aircraft is AVEM which is bird in Latin. His eVTOL aircraft concept design is based on the Peregrine falcon for its sturdy body features and because it is known for being the fastest bird on earth. The futuristic aircraft holds two passengers, entering from the front of the aircraft for ease of entry and exit. The aircraft has four sets of ducted fans (each set containing five ducted fans, for a total of 20 ducted fans for the entire aircraft) which rotate for vertical and for forward flight. Its high wing has an almost rhomboidal wing design where its widest part of the wing starts in the front of the aircraft and with the wing progressively becoming thinner, the closer it travels back to the rear of the aircraft.
Sudhakaran notes that with new technologies such as 5G and advances in batteries which will be available in the near future, that this will allow designs like his to become reality and be a source of clean and fast UAM for future generations.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL concept design
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 10 electric ducted fans
- Electric Motors: 10 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Windows: The aircraft has a front panoramic window with windows on the left and right side of the aircraft providing spectacular views for passengers.
- Wings: A rhomboidal type wing configuration
- Landing gear: Fixed skid type landing gear.
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (in this case, electric ducted fans) 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.