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Pegasus International Group Pegasus S Class (prototype)

Pegasus S Class one passenger hybrid-electric coaxial-rotorblade helicopter and roadable prototype vehicle

 

Pegasus S Class (prototype)
Pegasus International Group
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
www.bepegasus.com

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 S Class one passenger hybrid-electric coaxial-rotorblade helicopter and roadable prototype vehicle
The Pegasus E Class is a one passenger hybrid-electric coaxial-rotorblade helicopter and roadable prototype vehicle that has fixed tricycle road wheels. The vehicle has engine, batteries and electric motors. The vehicle is so compact it can park in a standard parking space.

The Pegasus E Class has a canopy over cockpit providing excellent views for the driver/pilot. The top ground speed and air speed of the roadable helicopter is unknown. The flying car has two main rotorblades, one on top of the other, which is called coaxial-rotorblades. The rotorblades turn in opposite directions countering any torque normally made by one main rotorblade. Since the both main rotorblades cancel out helicopter torque, there no need for a tail rotor. Having no tail rotor on a helicopter makes the rotorcraft very safe because no one can get hit by a moving tail rotor.

The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite material to provide the vehicle with a high strength and low weight ratio. The vehicle has fixed tricycle road wheels that act as landing gear and are used for road travel. The aircraft has multiple redundant systems to increase the safety of the vehicle. In case of power failure while flying, the rotorcraft can autorotate and land safely on the ground.

The Pegasus is intended to be sold directly to consumers, businesses and the government for personal transportation, law enforcement, firefighting and other civil uses. The vehicle was designed to fit in a standard parking space, further emphasizing the aircraft's potential for use in urban settings. The aircraft can park in a regular parking space because the vehicle has automatic folding rotorblades.

Pegasus S Class top view

Pegasus S Class top view

Pegasus S Class front view

Pegasus S Class front view

Pegasus S Class side view

Pegasus S Class side view

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Passenger hybrid-electric helicopter and road vehicle
  • Piloting: 1 pilot
  • Ground speed: Unknown
  • Air speed: Unknown
  • Rotorblade: Coaxial-rotorblades (2 main rotorblades)
  • Electric motors: Unknown
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source (uses batteries for ground travel and an engine and batteries for flight)
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Window: Canopy over cockpit
  • 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 can autorotate and land safely.

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