Jump Aero Inc.
Petaluma, California, USA
Jump Aero was founded in mid-2019 by Carl Dietrich, President/Chief Designer, Jeff Myjak, Head of Fabrication and Anna Dietrich, Director with their headquarters located in Petaluma, California and the fabrication center in Chelsea, Massachusetts (USA). The company was in stealth mode until the public announcement of their company which took place on January 7, 2020.
JA1 Pulse first responder eVTOL aircraft summary
Jump Aero’s first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the JA1 Pulse, is being designed as a one passenger aircraft to enable first responders to get to the scene of an accident very quickly and help save lives. The aircraft is planned to travel at a top speed in excess of 200 mph (322 km/h) and is capable of landing on a two-lane street, driveway, parking lot, in a front or back yard of a house, or in a field. Arriving in half the time than that an ambulance could mean the difference between life and death for some. The company sees rural and suburban areas as the first areas to sell the aircraft to, because these are most critical areas where this type of aircraft will do the most to save lives.
The aircraft is not a replacement for helicopters or ground vehicle ambulance services. It is an aircraft which is used in combination with helicopters and/or ambulances. While there are many advantages of electric aircraft and ground vehicles, there is a particular time saving factor with an electric aircraft which at first glance, might not be apparent.
As of January 7, 2019, no graphics of the aircraft have been released because the aircraft is still being designed. But we do know the eVTOL will safely carry first responders in a mostly autonomous mode and will most likely allow the passenger to determine the best landing spot at the scene of an emergency.
It was announced in March 2021, that Jump Aero was awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer research contract from the U.S. Air Force's Agility Prime program. Agility Prime is a program designed to accelerate eVTOL and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft for both commercial market and military use.
On June 7, 2023, completed a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop and flight test an electronic parachute which is an adaptive flight controller pre-trained in simulation for various failure scenarios with a machine-learned (ML) neural network. This technology enables advanced air mobility aircraft to experience smaller disturbances and improved controllability in the event of in-flight damage.
The company is seeking input from the first responder community to help them with the correct specifications needed for this type of aircraft in a first responder situation. Jump Aero is currently hiring.
- Aircraft type: First responder eVTOL passenger aircraft
- Piloting: Semi-autonomous
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Piloting: Semi-autonomous
- Cruise speed: Over 200 mph (Over 322 km/h)
- Power source: Batteries
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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- Article: Jump Aero Plans to Build eVTOL for Medical Use, Avionics International, Jan. 7, 2020
- Article: Jump Aero to Get First Responders There Faster, Electric VTOL News, Jan. 7, 2020
- Article: Jump Aero aims to put eVTOL aircraft in the hands of first responders, eVTOL Magazine, Jan. 8, 2020
- Article: NBAA News Hour: First Responders May be Early Adaptors of eVTOL, National Business Aviation Association, Aug. 3, 2020
- Article: Jump Aero and Oklahoma State University Win U.S. Air Force Contract as Part of Agility Prime, PR Newswire, Mar. 10, 2021
- Article: A Small Agility Prime Contract Is Another Side Door For EVTOL Startup Jump Aero, Forbes, Mar. 12, 2021
- Article: Jump Aero and Caltech research could help eVTOLs compensate for in-flight damage, Vertical Magazine, April 11, 2021
- Podcast: Episode 85 - Empowering Superheroes: Emergency eVTOL Aircraft from Start-Up Jump Aero, SAE International, Nov. 24, 2021
- Article: Jump Aero Electronic Parachute Improves eVTOL Failure Handling in Flight Test, PR Newswire, June 7, 2023