Founded in 2015, in Edmonds, Washington, USA, Jetoptera is an aviation start-up company that is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and electric VTOL (eVTOL) aircraft for passenger and air cargo use for the advanced aviation mobility (AAM) industry to revolutionize how societies transport people by air. In Latin, optera refers loosely to wing or wings. The company is seeking investors, please see their website on how to invest. (Images: Jetoptera)
The company has developed a novel airframe, a proprietary Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS) propulsion system and has a distributed propulsion system. The propulsion system uses oval tilting thrusters expelling compressed air for all phases of flight. These features allows the aircraft to have excellent maneuverability, a long range, to carry heavy payloads and travel at high speeds. As there are no propellers or rotors this exponentially increases the safety of anyone on or around the aircraft.
The power train consists of an engine currently (in the future, any power source can be used such as a hydrogen-fuel cell or batteries) that compresses air forced through an oval thruster that has directional slits all around its inner surface. The inner surface of the thruster is shaped like wings creating a low-pressure vortex in the middle of the thruster which creates propulsion. The propulsion system is more efficient, lighter and less complex than previous conventional aircraft. The propulsion system is patented.
J-500 hybrid-electric VTOL air cargo concept design aircraft
The Jetoptera J-500 is a hybrid-electric VTOL air cargo concept design aircraft that has been designed with a novel wing configuration and a proprietary novel Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS). The power train can also be called a fluidic thrust augmentation system. The aircraft can accept almost any type of power source such as a turbine engine, hydrogen fuel cells or batteries. In the future, the company expects the power source for all their aircraft will be batteries.
The cruise speed is estimated at 200 mph (322 km/h) and has a predicted maximum range of 200 miles (322 km). The maximum payload for the aircraft has been design for holding 100 lb (45 kg). The propulsion for flight is made through three Jetoptera novel Fluidic Propulsive System units, one located in nose of the aircraft and two in the rear of the aircraft.
The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite so the aircraft has a high strength to low weight ratio. The aircraft has two forward fuselage mounted tilting canard wings with the primary load-carrying structure, a box wing, located at the rear of the fuselage. The aircraft has retractable wheeled landing gear.
The company foresees the J-500 air cargo aircraft used for commercial and military use.
Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL air cargo concept design aircraft (future, all electric)
Capacity: Cargo only
Cruise speed: 200 mph (322 km/h)
Range: 200 miles (322 km)
Maximum payload: 100 lb (45 kg)
Propulsion: 3 Fluidic Propulsion System (FPS) units (a proprietary and novel Jetoptera propulsion system), the propulsion system uses oval thrusters expelling compressed air
Power source: Gas turbine engine (in the future can accept batteries when battery destiny improves)
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Wings: 1 Front tilt-canard and 1 rear box wing (the box wing is the primary load-carrying structure)
Safety features: If one or more thrusters fail or get clogged, the aircraft can glide to a landing on a runway, road or field. The aircraft has redundant electronics and avionics on board. There are no propellers or rotors on the aircraft (the propulsion system uses oval thrusters expelling compressed air) making the aircraft safe for all people on the ground whether the aircraft parked with its engines on or off.
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