Pécs, Southern Transdanubia, Hungary
Orca Aerospace was founded in 2020 by Soma Varga CEO, Zsolt Koltai COO and Ákos Matyus CTO. The company was founded because they are convince that electric aircraft will allow people to fly more economically and sustainably. In addition, eVTOL aircraft have the unique capability to have faster response times (for Emergency Medical Services [EMS] and for any flight), cost less to purchase and maintain, have a lower operating costs, are a more reliable aircraft and are more secure, than today's internal combustion engine powered aircraft.
The first goal of Orca Aerospace is in the designing of EMS electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to help save more lives in a safe, fast and efficient way, using today's electric pioneering aviation technology. By using cutting edge technology, the company will in addition, reduce environmental and noise pollution, vehicle maintenance and operating costs for these live saving aircraft.
The design of the fuselage has been optimized for maximum aerodynamic airflow for the aircraft while at the same time, to maximize the range of the aircraft with its three surface wing configuration. The Orca eVTOL combines the advantages of the helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft which results in not only needing simplified takeoff and landing infrastructure but the eVTOL aircraft can also fly at a higher speed and longer range to its destination.
The Orca eVTOL is very stable in flight because autonomous avionics control the seven independent electric motors powering the its seven propellers. Orca Aerospace affirms that battery powered electric aircraft use a simplified system architecture which makes the vehicle easier to control and safer to fly. Therefore, the pilot only has to input vertical and horizontal flight, and takeoff and landing instructions to fly the aircraft.
The company acknowledges that electric motor technology and battery technology is getting better over time, making electric aircraft future proof and sustainable. The company also recognizes that solid state battery technology will be also become available in the near future and that solid state batteries are forecasted to have a 2.5 greater energy density than current battery technology we have today (such as lithium-ion batteries).
While the Orca eVTOL has been designed primarily for Emergency Medical Services, the company has confirmed that the aircraft can be reconfigured for multiple missions such as a personal air vehicle, air taxis, commercial use, government work and for the military.
- Aircraft type: Emergency Medial Service (EMS) eVTOL aircraft
- Piloting: 1 pilot with semi-autonomous flight controls
- Capacity: 1 patient and 1 Emergency Medial Service personnel
- Cruise speed: 296 km/h (184 mph)
- Cruise speed for maximum range: 204 km/h (127 mph)
- Estimated range: 110-130 km (68-81 miles)
- Propellers: 7 propellers. 4 propellers exclusively for VTOL flight. 2 tilt-rotor propellers for VTOL and forward flight. 1 pusher propeller for forward flight.
- Electric Motors: 7
- Power source: 6 battery modules
- Fuselage: Composite
- Windows: Forward windows allow front, left, right and top views. Passenger windows allow left and right visibility.
- Wings: The aircraft is actually has a three surface wing configuration.
- Tail: The aircraft has to vertical stabilizers attached to the fuselage which support a smaller rear wing, on top of the stabilizers. The tail could be considered a variation of the twin tail boom; however, as stated above, the aircraft has a three surface wing configuration design.
- Landing gear: Tricycle retractable wheeled landing gear.
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. The aircraft can autorotate and can land on a runway or street like a plane, if necessary.