Flight Testing

  • Kiwigogo T-One one passenger multicopter, China.

    Kiwigogo T-One

    Kiwigogo T-OneKiwigogoQingdao City, Shandong Province, Chinawww.kiwigogo.com

    Entrepreneur Wang Tan, from China, has designed and created an award winning electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) single passenger multicopter for personal and commercial use. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 72 km/h (45 mph) and a range of 30 km (18.5 miles) or 30...

  • NASA LA-8 testbed aircraft laboratory in a wind tunnel. Date of picture: April 5, 2019.

    NASA LA-8 eVTOL Testbed

    LA-8 eVTOL TestbedNASA Langley Research CenterHampton, Virginia, USAwww.nasa.gov/langley

    NASA has been in the process of making multiple Advance Urban Air Mobility Technology Testbeds, according to Dave North, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Section Lead. (In 2015-2016, NASA Langley researchers completed and flight tested a carbon fiber hybrid-electric vertical...

  • SkyDrive SD-XX eVTOL prototype aircraft and ground vehicle, Japan.

    SkyDrive SD-XX

    SD-XXSkyDriveShinjuku, Tokyo, Japanwww.skydrive2020.com

    Founded in July 2018, SkyDrive is and eVTOL company based in Tokyo, Japan. Tomohiro Fukuzawa is the chief executive officer and Nobuo Kishi is the chief technology officer. (All photos SkyDrive credit.)

    The idea of making a flying car first started...

  • Archer eVTOL aircraft, Palo Alto, California, USA. 21 May 2020.

    Archer

    (unnamed)ArcherPalo Alto, California, USAwww.flyarcher.com

    Archer is developing an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft focused on improving mobility in cities. The company announced its launch on May 21, 2020.

    Archer's eVTOL aircraft (as yet unnamed) can carry a pilot and four passengers to 60 miles...

  • B-Technology Beccarii hybrid-electric VTOL flying car, Poland.

    B-Technology Beccarii

    BeccariiB-Technology Sp. z o.o.Jasionka, Polandwww.beccarii.com

    B-Technology was founded by Witold Mielniczek, Dawid Smolka and Vadym Melnyk in Poland. The company says it has made the first hybrid-electric all terrain ground and flying VTOL vehicle called the Beccarii. The company has international patents on its vehicle's design. (All photos used with...

  • Toyota’s hydrogen-electric VTOL aircraft as seen at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, USA, Feb. 10, 2020.

    Toyota Cargo Drone

    Toyota Cargo DroneToyota Motor Engineering and ManufacturerAnn Arbor, Michigan, USAww.toyota.com

    On February 12, 2020, a Reddit user named Red_Jensen took a picture of a new large drone hovering just off the ground at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave, California, USA. It appears to be a hybrid-electric cargo drone due to having no place for passengers...

  • Drone Champions Big Drone eVTOL aerobatic aircraft in flight, February, 2020, Germany.

    Drone Champions Big Drone

    Big Drone Drone Champions AGRuggell, Liechtensteinwww.dcl.aero

    Drone Champions AG was found by Herbert Weirather and has a virtual reality drone flying game company as well as sponsoring live races with real uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Weirather decided to invent a one passenger crewed aerobatic drone to create a brand new racing experience for...

  • VolocVolocopter Volodrone eVTOL uncrewed cargo drone, 2019, Germany.opter Volodrone eVTOL cargo uncrewed drone, 2019, Germany.

    Volocopter VoloDrone

    VoloDroneVolocopter GmbHBruschal, Germanywww.volocopter.com

    Founded in 2011 by Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel, Volocopter has in offices in Germany and Singapore. As of January 2020, the company has raised a total of 85 million Euro in equity. Volocopter‘s investors include Daimler, Geely, Intel Capital, Micron, BtoV, and Manta Ray Ventures.

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  • Aliptera APV-1 - 2 seat eVTOL or hybrid-electric aircraft, Canada.VTOL personal aircraft - USA

    Aliptera APV-1

    APV-1 AlipteraHamilton, Canadawww.aliptera.com

    Aliptera
    was founded by Dusan Stan and Alexandru Stan in Canada. Their goal is to create
    both cargo and small personal vertical and takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
    As of January 2020, they have a cargo VTOL, 1 passenger VTOL and 2 passenger
    VTOL. While little is stated on their website about the specifications of...

  • Aliptera ADR-1 personal eVTOL and hybrid-electric aircraft, Canada.

    Aliptera ADR-1 Dragon Rider

    ADR-1 Dragon RiderAlipteraHamilton, Canadawww.aliptera.com

    Aliptera was
    founded by Dusan Stan and Alexandru Stan in Canada. Their goal is to create
    both cargo and small personal VTOL aircraft. As of January 2020, they have a
    cargo VTOL, 1 passenger VTOL and 2 passenger VTOL. While little is stated on
    their website about the specifications of each aircraft;...