NeXt UAS was founded in 2016 to produce eVTOL aircraft and autonomous systems that emphasize safety, ease of operation, and ingenuity. The company's latest project as of July 2021 is the iFly: an autonomous, single passenger aircraft designed for affordable air transport.
The vehicle flies using four pairs of enclosed coaxial propellers and is fully battery powered. The company argues in an initial press release that the simplicity of their design allows for greater stability, agility, flexibility and comfort for the passenger. The iFLY features redundant flight control systems, and the ability to automatically sense when battery levels are low so it may autonomously return to its takeoff point or perform a safe landing elsewhere. The aircraft will also feature a ballistic parachute that will deploy in emergency situations. According to a video published by NeXt that acts as the aircraft's premiere, a one-third scale demonstrator has undergone flight testing.
Using NeXt's mobile phone app SKYborg, consumers will be able to call an iFLY to a suitable nearby landing location, board the craft, and be flown to their destination. The app will provide flight data directly to the aircraft to determine suitable positions for passenger boarding and departure.
In October 2019, iFLY was awarded a US patent under the title "adaptive aerial vehicle". Additional information on the iFly and Skyborg companion app may be found on the company's website.
- Aircraft type: Single passenger eVTOL designed for UAM
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 1
- Range: Unknown
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Electric batteries
- Cockpit: Single passenger closed cockpit
- Landing gear: Three fixed legs