Unnamed Cargo Drone
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 company is also developing a fully autonomous heavy-lift hybrid-electric VTOL cargo aircraft which has a maximum payload of 200 kg (441 lbs) of payload. Air cargo is an important part of Urban Air Mobility, allowing companies to deliver goods at a much faster rate than by truck delivery.
The aircraft is an eight propeller quad-copter type aircraft using eight electric motors, a hybrid-electric power source and has four fixed wheels for its landing gear. The aircraft will also be able to travel on roads autonomously.
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 and has a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system.
The company has stated the aircraft is quiet, safe, comfortable, is user friendly, sustainable, eco-friendly and is affordable. The Vinata Aeromobility Cargo Drone aircraft/road vehicle is also a scalable.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL cargo drone
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: Cargo
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Maximum payload: 200 Kg (441 lb)
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric propellers
- Power source: Hybrid-electric
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Landing gear: Four fixed-wheeled landing gear
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft.
- 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