Crimson S8 (prototype)
NEO Aeronautics PTE. LTD.
In 2018, NEO Aeronautics was founded by Neo Kok Beng in Singapore. The company is an innovation-driven technology company with a vision to empower individuals and communities for personal urban air travel. The company invested just over $145,000.00 USD into the development of the Crimson S8 hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) passenger multicopter aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company is looking for investors. (Image: Warren Liebmann)
Crimson S8-V3 one passenger electric VTOL (eVTOL) multicopter prototype aircraft
The company displayed the Crimson S8-V3 one passenger eVTOL multicopter prototype aircraft at the 2023 EAA Airventure (Experimental Aircraft Association) air show held July 24-30, 2023 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. The aircraft has been designed for low-level flight.
The aircraft holds one pilot, has an open cockpit, has a roll bar behind the pilot's seat and has a sleek modern design. The aircraft has eight propellers, eight electric motors and is powered by batteries. The eight propellers provide all directions of flight such as lift and forward flight. It is recommend the pilot use a helmet for safety. The aircraft has no propeller guards. The multicopter has fixed tricycle strut landing gear.
The aircraft is designed as an ultralight to make it easier for people to fly in United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airspace. This means a person will not require a pilot's license to fly the VTOL aircraft. Neo Aeronautics reports it takes about two hours of training to learn how to fly the multicopter and plans on only training those who are 16 years of age and older. The company says it will be as easy to fly as flying a small drone. In the future, they plan to install an autopilot system in the aircraft but the vehicle is not completely autonomous at this time.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger full scale prototype multicopter aircraft
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Unknown
- Window: Open cockpit
- Landing gear: Fixed tricycle strut landing gear
- 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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- Video: Crimson Sunbird 8 | Episode 1 | Pilot: Singapore First Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV), Neo Aeronautics, Apr. 24, 2019
- Video: Neo Aeronautics founder and chief executive Neo Kok Beng on the Crimson S8, The Straits Times, Apr. 25, 2019
- Article: Singapore start-up aims to take homegrown ‘flying car’ to US skies in 2020, Today, Apr. 25, 2019
- Article: Asia Minute: Flying Cars in Singapore?, Hawaii Public Radio, Apr. 26, 2019
- Article: S'pore firm unveils flying vehicle with an eye on US market, The Straits Times, Apr. 26, 2019
- Video: Singaporean flying car can't launch in its home country, CNET, May 6, 2019
- Article: State of Utah, US Collaborates with NEO Aeronautics in the Flight Trial of Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) and Deployment of Urban Air Mobility UAM Communities in Year 2020, PR Newswire, Oct. 16, 2019
- Video: Episode 1 - Dr. Neo Kok Beng (1/6/2023), NEO Aeronautics, June 1, 2023
- Video: Select USA Investment Summit 2023, Neo Aeronautics, May 2, 2023