Streamlined Main Dynamics (SMD)
Newlands, Wellington, New Zealand
Streamlined Main Dynamics was founded in 2017 with the goal of bringing on-demand air mobility to the consumer. The company is making a two passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to allow the consumer to travel from the suburb to central business district, in just five minutes. The name of the aircraft is AAVa. A prototype was made in 2018.
The company anticipates air mobility will not only help people travel much faster through the urban landscape but will also reduce the costly need for building more roads and tunnels in growing cities. By having a faster and greener way to travel to work, this will begin to allow people, who would prefer to live further away from cities, to have the freedom to live almost anywhere they want, without the wasting valuable time (and unpaid labor time), that it takes to travel short or long distances using ground transportation.
The design for a two seat eVTOL was on purpose because this allows for a lighter aircraft from the start, providing a faster cruise speeds and longer range. The AAVa has a cruise speed of 215 km/h (136 mph) with a range of 180 km (112 miles).
Safety is also a very important part of the company's equation, safe urban flight. Distributed Electric Propulsion, meaning, having multiple electric motors on an aircraft, provide redundancy and safety. If one or two of the electric motors fail, the aircraft can still land safely. In addition to safety, using batteries, electric motors and small propellers decreases greatly, operating and maintenance costs.
The company started taking pre-orders in 2019 and plan on starting limited delivers in 2020 with serial production taking place by 2022. The company foresees government approval for eVTOL aircraft for regular community by 2024.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger aircraft
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Cruise speed: 215 km/h (136 mph)
- Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
- Range: 180 km (112 miles)
- Propellers: 6 ducted fans
- Electric motors: 6 electric motors
- Window: Panoramic window with forward, left and right and top visibility for spectacular views for the passengers
- Wings: X wing design
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber over 3D printing
- Landing gear: Fixed strut type 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.