Jetson was founded by Peter Ternström and Tomasz Patan in October 2017 originally as Jetson Aero with its headquarters Poland, then moving to Sweden. The original name of the Jetson Prototype was the Jetson Aero Speeder but this name was dropped. The company's goal is to make safe personal electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft available to purchase by anyone.
The Jetson prototype, their proof of concept, was developed during the autumn of 2017 and was finished in the spring of 2018. The original name of the prototype was the Speeder. The first successful flight 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 company says.
Operational Concept (graphics)
- Aircraft type: eVTOL prototype
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Aircraft control: A two joystick consol
- Maximum speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
- Maximum flight time: Approximately 20 minutes
- Propellers: 8
- Electric Motors:
- Electric motor power: 13.4 kW (18 hp) for each electric motor
- Maximum thrust: 42.7 kg (94 lbs), for each electric motor
- Total system thrust: 300 kg (662 lbs)
- Batteries: 32 (swappable batteries)
- Battery weight: 166 lb (75.7 Kg)
- Battery setup:
- Cockpit: Open cockpit
- Fuselage: Aluminum frame
- Landing gear: 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 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. Also, the company boasts a 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 composite seat with harness.