Malobykovo, Belgorod Oblast, Russia
Founded in December 2020, Hi-Fly is in the business of designing and manufacturing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger and cargo aircraft. Hi-Fly is an branch of the Biruch Innovation Center company. The Biruch Innovation Center is both a scientific and social innovations company. Hi-Fly's purpose is to improve the quality of people's lives providing them with fast air transportation, ultimately providing more personal time in their lives. With too many cars on the road causing traffic delays, the company foresees local air travel to be the only way to solve the massive amount of time it takes to use ground vehicles to drive to work, shop and drive for leisure activities.
Passenger and cargo aircraft are being developed simultaneously. Each aircraft has its own unique clean-sheet design. The passenger aircraft is a multicopter design and the cargo aircraft has ducted rotating propellers with a high gull-wing.
Current and future flight goals:
- First flight of prototype: June 2021
- Flying prototype in different weather conditions: November 2021
- Achieve payload of 120 kg: 2022
- Achieve flight range of 40 km: 2023
- Achieve 120 of flight duration: 2024
- Production aircraft: 2028
The S700 is a one passenger eVTOL multicopter aircraft has 16 propellers, 16 electric motors and is powered by battery packs. The aircraft has a canopy over the cockpit providing spectacular views for the passenger. It is unknown as of July 2022, if the aircraft is self-piloted, remote piloted or has autonomous piloting.
The multicopter has a cruise speed of 140 km/h (87 mph), a range of 90 km (56 miles) and has a flight time of 45 minutes. The aircraft can fly in almost all weather conditions. The S700 is a low noise multicopter and is extremely safe to fly due to the redundancy of its 16 propellers and 16 electric motors. If several propellers or electric motors stop working, the other propellers will continue to work and can land the aircraft safely on the ground.
The company foresees their aircraft used in a variety of ways, such as urban to urban travel, rural to rural travel, and used for flights between rural and urban areas. The aircraft also has luggage space for the passenger. The aircraft can land in two parking spaces making it easy to land in a variety of places. This means there will be little to no need to build costly infrastructure for people to use the aircraft. As the aircraft is powered by batteries, there will be no harm done to earth's atmosphere.
The first prototype flight took place in June 2021 and its first weather flights took place in November 2021. The company expects to start serial production of the S700 passenger eVTOL multicopter aircraft in 2028
- Aircraft type: eVTOL one passenger multicopter
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Cruise speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)
- Range: 90 km (56 miles)
- Flight time: 45 minutes
- Cruise altitude: Unknown
- Propellers: 16 propellers
- Electric motors: 16 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Window: Canopy over cockpit
- Landing gear: Fixed skid 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.
- Hi-Fly website
- Biruch website
- Hi-Fly YouTube Channel
- Video: Hi-Fly development process, Hi-Fly, Dec. 9, 2021
- Video: First flight of Hi-Fly, Hi-Fly, Dec. 9, 2021
- Video: Hi-Fly air taxi testing (November 2021), Hi-Fly, Feb. 10, 2022
- Video: About the Hi-Fly project, Hi-Fly, Feb. 20, 2022
- Video: We invite you to the Hi Fly team!, Hi-Fly, Feb. 25, 2022
- Article: The Russian cargo drone Hi-Fly Cargo has been tested – it can quickly transport up to 120 kg for 20 km, Aroged, Apr. 11, 2022
- Article: Presented Russian drone for the delivery of people and goods Hi-Fly S700, DigitNews, July 7, 2022