Pegasus Air Taxi (concept design)
Pegasus International Group
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Pegasus was founded in 2009 by Michael Walton Yang and the company is located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The company is in the business of designing and manufacturing one passenger hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) helicopter and roadable vehicles. The company announced in 2023, they will start the process to design and manufacture a multi-passenger electric VTOL (eVTOL) air taxi and roadable vehicle.
Some history. It was reported in September 2020 that Wenzhou Duofu Aviation Industry Group Co. (also referred to as "Doof") established a joint venture with the Australian Tianma International Group to develop and produce the eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft Pegasus referred to by the company at the time as a flying automobile. The company currently calls their Pegasus E Class and Pegasus S Class a flying car.
Pegasus Air Taxi four passenger eVTOL and roadable concept design vehicle
The Pegasus Air Taxi is an autonomous or remote controlled four passenger eVTOL and roadable concept design vehicle that has fixed tricycle road wheels. The vehicle has been designed for ground and air taxi use providing a seamless transition from picking up people at their place of residence, office or shopping area and flying them to their destination. The vehicle can drive on the road or park in a standard parking space due to the main multicopter propellers are foldable.
The multicopter has room for four passengers and their luggage or shopping bags. The vehicle has much larger windows than conventional aircraft allowing for much better views for the passengers. The vehicle has two main large propellers for VTOL flight and has a pusher propeller for forward flight. When an eVTOL aircraft has a pusher propeller, the aircraft typically has wings. As this is a concept design, the design of the eVTOL aircraft road vehicle could change as the company gets closer to making technology demonstrators and prototypes.
The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite for a high strength and low weight ration. The vehicle is powered completely by battery packs. The vehicle has electric motors for all the propellers and the rear two ground automobile wheels. The ground wheels that double for landing gear are a fixed tricycle wheeled configuration. The aircraft has multiple redundant systems to increase the safety of the vehicle. The vehicle will most likely have a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute for a flight emergency.
The Pegasus Air Taxi is intended to be sold directly businesses and the government entities for air taxi service, law enforcement, firefighting and other civil uses.
- Aircraft type: Passenger eVTOL vehicle
- Piloting: 1 pilot
- Ground speed: Unknown
- Air speed: Unknown
- Range: 50-100 km
- Propellers: 3 propellers (2 propellers for VTOL flight and 1 pusher propeller for forward flight)
- Electric motors: 3 electric motors (propellers), 2 electric motors (rear wheels)
- Power source: Battery packs
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Panoramic wrap around windows allowing forward, left and right visibility for spectacular views with a solid roof above the passenger compartment
- Landing gear: Fixed tricycle road wheels
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) means having multiple propellers (or electric ducted fans) and multiple electric motors on an aircraft so if one or more propellers (or electric ducted fans) or some electric motors fail, the other working propellers (or electric ducted fans) and electric motors can safely land the aircraft. DEP provides safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft providing safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. Having multiple redundant systems on any aircraft decreases having any single point of failure. If there is a power loss during flight, the aircraft will have a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute.
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- Article: China's Rising eVTOL Industry, Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2021
- Video: Pegasus flying car driven on the track!, Pegasus Flying Car, Dec. 14, 2021
- Video: Pegasus flying cars - invest in the transportation revolution!, Pegasus Flying Car, May 22, 2023
- Video: Skynews 'Avalon Airshow highlight: Pegasus police flying car', Pegasus Flying Car, Mar. 7, 2023
- Article: Pegasus debuts the Pegasus E flying car at Avalon 2023, Aviation Photography Digest, Mar. 12, 2023
- Article: Pegasus E Flying Car Receives CofA, Australian Flying, June 2, 2023