Korattur Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
In 2021, Yogesh Ramanathan, CEO & Lead Designer, founded Vinata Aeromobility in India and is in the business of developing a fully autonomous hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) combination aircraft and road vehicle for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The company is currently looking for investors.
The company has expertise in quad-configuration VTOL technology, quadcopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), automotive design, hybrid systems, aerospace, aviation, urban air mobility, transportation and logistics.
The Vinata Aeromobility vehicle holds two passengers, is a quad-copter hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft and is a car with four road wheels. The aircraft has a cruise speed of 100-120 km/h (62-75 mph) and a range 100 km (62 miles). The aircraft is proposed to have an Artificial Intelligence (AI) cockpit for an enhanced user experience. The road speed and road range of the vehicle is unknown as of July 2021.
The company says that safety is their highest priority. The aircraft/road vehicle will incorporate software flight-envelope protection, return-to-home capability, geofencing, soft-landing assistance, includes a comprehensive training package and a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system.
The company has stated their aircraft is quiet, safe, comfortable, provides hassle-free commuting, is user friendly, sustainable, eco-friendly, has onboard entertainment, spectacular views, has a luxurious feel and is affordable. The Vinata Aeromobility aircraft/road vehicle is also a scalable.
Vinata Aeromobility expects to have flying prototype to be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2022 (CES 2022) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. According to an August 2021 article, the company expects the aircraft to be ready for commercial use by 2023.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft and road vehicle
- Piloting: Autonomous AI cockpit
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Cruise speed: 100-120 km/h (62-75 mph)
- Range: 100 km (62 miles)
- Maximum altitude: 914 m (3,000 ft)
- Propellers: 4 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors (4 for propellers, 4 for ground wheels)
- Power source: Hybrid-electric power source with Lithium-ion batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Larger windows allowing for forward, left and right spectacular views with a solid roof above the passenger compartment
- Tail: V-tail
- Landing gear: Four fixed-wheeled landing gear which are also used for road travel
- 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. Has a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system and a return-to-home capability.
- Vinata Aeromobility website
- Vinata Aeromobility LinkedIn
- Article: Vinata Aeromobility Plan To Raise Funds For Futuristic Urban Mobility, Vinata Aeromobility, Mar. 17, 2021
- Video: Vinata problem solving, Casmodeling Konnect, Feb. 15, 2021
- Video: 4K teaser flying car, Vinata Aeromobility, Aug. 14, 2021
- Article: Welcome Vinata Aeromobility: Asia’s “first hybrid flying car and cargo”, Urban Air Mobility, Aug. 18, 2021
- Article: Indian start-up prepares to unveil hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft, Future Flight, Aug. 19, 2021