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 Vector MPE is a hybrid-electric (or all-electric) long-range VTOL military five passenger attack with canard wings. The aircraft is flown by a pilot and has the option of being flown by remote or autonomously. The designation MPE stands for Military Passenger aircraft with Electric ducted fans. The company has not stated any estimated cruise speed, range or flight time of the aircraft.
The aircraft has canard wings with each wing sporting winglets which will increase the range of the aircraft. The aircraft has a grand total of 24 electric ducted fans (EDF) for its propulsion system. There are four EDFs on the forewing and 20 EDFs on the rear wing. 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.
For VTOL flight, inside each of the electric ducted fan nacelle is a ventral flap mechanism 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. 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 their 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 drone
Piloting: 1 pilot (or remote)
Capacity: 5 passengers
Cruise speed: Unknown
Flight Time: Unknown
Propellers: 24 electric ducted fans (estimated)
Electric Motors: 24 electric motors (estimated)
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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