Jetson was founded by Peter Ternström and Tomasz Patan in October 2017 originally as Jetson Aero with its headquarters Poland, the moving to Sweden. The company name was also shortened from Jetson Aero to Jetson. The company's goal is to make safe personal electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft available to everyone.
The Jetson prototype, their proof of concept, was developed during the autumn of 2017 and was finished in the spring of 2018. The first successful flight of the prototype was in January 2018. The first crewed flight was on the 28th of February 2018 in Tuscany (Italy) and with further crewed flights in Poznan, Poland. Now that the prototype has been made and test flown, the company is moving forward to create a consumer friendly eVTOL model. The fuselage is an H configuration with the propellers and electric motors on each corner of the aircraft. One electric motor failing would not end in a catastrophic event.
The company states the experience of making this eVTOL personal aircraft has been an fantastic experience for all their employees.
Being able to move through the air so effortlessly without vibrations or noise - it was amazing. Have you ever had a dream where you could fly? This was it. By simple controls, we could move up, left, right, anywhere we wanted to go. Perfectly stable, with the fly-by-wire system we had developed. If we took our hands off the joysticks, our machine simply stopped and hovered in the air.
—Jetson website (August 2020)
After the successful completion of the working prototype and many test flights, development of the Jetson ONE eVTOL aircraft, a second generation prototype, was started. The Jetson ONE will be the first production model for the consumer. Jetson ONE was finished during the late spring of 2020, and is now available to buy.
The safety features of the aircraft include: Complete propulsion redundancy; triple redundant flight computer; ballistic parachute; safety cell chassis; crumble zones; lidar aided obstacle and terrain avoidance; hands free hover and emergency hold functions; propeller guards; and a composite seat with harness.
In August 2020, the Jetson website stated that a complete eVTOL aircraft is $59,000.00 USD and is delivered as a partially (50%) assembled kit for home completion. It contains everything needed to build it for flying. From the aluminium space frame to motor controllers, propellers, motors and detailed building instructions.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL experimental ultralight (FAA Part 103)
- Capacity: 1 passenger/pilot
- Cockpit: Open cockpit with roll bars, no front or side windows, helmet required
- Flight controls: Joystick/throttle lever/yaw pedals
- Flight computer redundancy: Triple redundant IMU/gyro/accelerometer/compass
- Maximum speed (level flight): 102 km/h (63 mph)
- Maximum flight time (85 kg / 187 lbs pilot weight): 15 minutes
- Aircraft empty weight: 90 kg (198 lbs)
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric motors: 8 electric motors
- Maximum power output (8 motors): 84 kW
- Electric motor type: Brushless outrunner
- Battery type: Swappable 52V li-ion (20700) battery packs
- Seat belt harness type: 4-point quick release safety harness (Sparco)
- Seat type: Carbon/aramid fiber composite with safety padding
- Fuselage: All-aluminium (7020) safety cell with crumble zones
- Landing gear: The bottom frame of the aircraft is the landing gear.
- Dimensions: Length 2,845 mm, Width 2,400 mm, Height 1,030 mm
- 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. Complete propulsion redundancy, triple redundant flight computer, ballistic parachute, safety cell chassis, crumble zones, lidar aided obstacle and terrain avoidance, hands free hover and emergency hold functions, propeller guards, composite seat with harness