JETX LLC was founded in 2020 in Lake Nona, Florida, USA with the goal of designing hybrid-electric and all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) civilian passenger aircraft, cargo aircraft and military aircraft. JETX debuted last year by participating in the AFWERX HSVTOL Challenge (a U.S. Air Force challenge) and was one of the 35 companies selected from 218 to showcase their passenger and cargo VTOL designs in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In addition, the company is developing next generation propulsion systems for both hybrid-electric and and all-battery VTOL aircraft and are being built using additive manufacturing techniques. JETX's propulsion system uses vectored thrust without rotating the entire propulsion assembly. Whether it's a fluidic thruster or electric ducted fans, there is a ventral flap mechanism inside the duct work in each propulsion system which vectors the air downward or rearwards.
The company will also be in the business of making modular scalable framework, wings and propulsion train which they can sell to any hybrid-electric or all-electric VTOL manufacturer. Then the manufacturer will be able to produce their aircraft as an Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM). By using a modular and scalable aircraft framework, the OEM can create multiple sized hybrid-electric and all-electric VTOL aircraft using the proven JETX system which also reduces manufacturing costs for the OEM. The OEM would also add its own custom fuselage and name to the aircraft, making it their own.
List of the modular parts the company will make:
Power train (hybrid-electric or all batteries)
Heating and air conditioning system
The JETX Vector F is a five passenger hybrid-electric (or all-electric) VTOL for advanced air mobility (AAM) using four fluidic thrusters for its propulsion system. The four fluidic thrusters are found embedded within the canard wings and located close to the fuselage of the aircraft. The company has not stated any estimated cruise speed, range or flight time of the aircraft.
The aircraft has a futuristic look which incorporates simplicity into its design keeping complexity down to a minimum, reduces the overall weight of the aircraft, reduces the cost of the aircraft, reduces future maintenance costs, increases the reliability of the aircraft and increases the safety of the aircraft.
The fluidic thruster (a propulsion unit) has no propellers or rotating parts on the thruster itself. Thrust is created by compressed air derived from a gas-powered turbo compressor, an electric compressor powered by batteries or a compressor powered by a fuel cell system running on hydrogen. The compressed air is sent via ductwork to each thruster and the thruster creates the thrust. There is a ventral flap mechanism inside each thruster which vectors the air downward for VTOL flight or rearwards for forward flight. The system is used in all phases of flight and this type of propulsion system lowers the noise from the aircraft.
The windows are larger than conventional aircraft providing spectacular views for the pilot and passengers and there is a narrow solid roof over the passenger cabin. The interior has two by two seating and the pilot sits at the most forward area, in the center of the cabin. From the company's graphics, it is unknown how passengers enter and exit the aircraft.
The aircraft has canard wings with each wing sporting winglets which will increase the range of the aircraft. In addition, the forewing has downward pointing winglets which double as its front landing gear. The landing gear near the rear of the aircraft have downward facing fixed struts.
The company stated the Vector F aircraft is quiet enough to be considered a stealth aircraft. No information has been made available when a prototype is planned to be made or when production plans will be started.
Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric or all-electric VTOL passenger aircraft
Piloting: 1 pilot
Capacity: 5 people, including the pilot
Cruise speed: Unknown
Flight Time: Unknown
Propellers: 4 fluidic thrusters
Electric Motors: 1 air compressor (possibly more)
Power source: Hybrid-electric or all-electric power source
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Windows: Panoramic wrap around windows allowing forward, left, right visibility, for spectacular views, with a narrow solid roof above the passenger compartment
Wings: Canard wings. The forewing has downward winglets, the rear wing has upward winglets.
Landing gear: The aircraft lands on fixed landing struts. The two front downward facing winglets double as landing struts and there are two rear fixed struts about two-thirds back under the fuselage.
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