Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia
Founded in February 2019, Scienex is a Russian startup in the business of designing and manufacturing safe, small and clean hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). In December 2020, it has been reported that Scienex has been working on the Flyter project for two years. The goal for the aircraft design is to fit in an urban environment as an air taxi without having to change any urban infrastructure.
The Flyter air taxi concept design has been specifically made without any external propellers, so the aircraft can safely fly in a dense urban environment without its propellers hitting buildings, other urban structures, trees or people. The aircraft also has no wings. Flyter can land or take off from any parking space whether it is street parking or from a parking lot.
The aircraft can hold two passengers, has an estimated cruise speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), a range of 100 km (62 m), a maximum altitude of 1,500 m (4,921 ft) and has a maximum payload of 250 kg (551 lb). The dimensions of the aircraft are 5X2 meters (16 ft, 5 in X 6 ft, 7 in), which is comparable to a SUV or minivan, allowing the aircraft to land almost anywhere in an urban or rural unprepared site.
It took two years for the company to fine the ideal shape for safety, being compact, highly maneuverable and with high aerodynamic performance. The aircraft is basically a flying fuselage and was nicknamed the flying (bread) loaf and is referred to by its creators as a non-quadcopter. While there are no propellers on the outside of the fuselage, on each side of the aircraft are four large vertical openings for VTOL flight and to stabilize the aircraft for forward flight, and two rear openings for forward flight. The aircraft has four retractable landing legs.
Some Features Of The Aircraft:
- Operating System: The Flyter aircraft will have its own operating system including autonomous flying, interacting with the passengers by voice control and interacting with third parties (such as flight control and other aircraft)
- Cloud System: A cloud system will allow all systems to interact with each other
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for infrastructure management
- App: The company plans on making a custom mobile app for on demand air taxi service
- Compact size: Fits in a normal-sized parking space
- Ground safety: It will be safe for anyone on the ground due to no external propellers
- Flight safety: Its design will keep the aircraft from being inadvertently moved by gusts of air
- High security: Will have security built into its systems
- Clean energy: No carbon monoxide gases due do being fueled by hydrogen fuel cells
- VTOL: Vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, very useful for urban travel, no runways or vertiports needed
- Long range: Can travel from almost any point to point destination in a major city
The estimated cost for the aircraft was reported in a December 2020 article to be $200,000 USD (or ₽14.8 million rubles) per aircraft. The final aircraft design will look different than the current VTOL concept design per Scienex.
Detailed specifications of the aircraft are being kept secret due to its novel VTOL and fuselage design. The company has stated they have flown a sub-scale prototype in the fall of 2020 and expect to test flight a full-scale prototype by May 2021. According to the company, more development details will arrive closer to the summer of 2021, when Scienex is ready to flight test the full-size prototype.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL
- Piloting: Autonomous via artificial intelligence
- Capacity: 2 passengers plus luggage
- Cruise speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
- Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
- Normal range: 100 km (62 m)
- Maximum range: 150 km (93 m)
- Maximum altitude: 1,500 m (4,921 ft)
- Maximum payload: 250 kg (551 lb)
- Empty weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
- Operating temperature: -20/+40°C (-4/+104°F)
- Propellers: Unknown
- Electric Motors: Unknown
- Power source: Hydrogen fuel cells
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Panoramic windows forward, left, right and top visibility, for spectacular views
- Landing gear: Retractable quad-legged 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.
- Scienex website
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