Volocopter GmbH was founded in 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany by Alexander Zosel and Stephen Wolf with the intent of making an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) multicopter aircraft for fast and efficient urban travel.
On May 17, 2021, Volocopter officially announced it has designed a long-range electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), for people traveling between the suburbs and the city. The European patent was filed, on June 27, 2019. The U.S. patent for this aircraft is dated Dec. 31, 2020. Electric VTOL News details the news of a patent application for an aircraft with a similar propulsion architecture was filed on May 29, 2020 (this date is found on the first page of the patent, left column).
The VoloConnect eVTOL aircraft holds four passengers, has an estimated cruise speed of 180 km/h (110 mph), a range of 100 km (60 m), large windows for excellent views, has six VTOL propellers located on the top of two booms, two rear ducted fans for forward flight, a high-wing and tricycle wheeled retractable landing gear. The company has stated aircraft will have Volocopter’s fly-by-wire flight-control system, have autonomous piloting, have multiple redundant and separate systems for additional safety, and the aircraft has battery swapping capability.
In May 2021, Volocopter stated they have been working on the aircraft for over two years in Munich, Germany and have made multiple scaled prototypes which have been in flight testing.
The aircraft is expected to be used for both passenger and cargo service. Volocopter estimates that the VoloConnect eVTOL aircraft will be certified and in service by 2026.
For more information on Volocopter's other production aircraft, please see the following aircraft pages:
- Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 4 passengers
- Cruise speed: 180 km/h (110 mph)
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
- Range: 100 km (60 m)
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Propellers: 6 VTOL propellers, two ducted fans for forward flight
- Electric Motors: 8 or more
- Power source: Batteries. Has battery swapping capability.
- Payload: 300-400 kg (660-880 lb)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Large windows for spectacular views with a solid roof above the passenger compartment
- Wings: One main high wing with two booms with 6 VTOL propellers
- Tail: V shape tail connected to the rear of the two booms
- Landing gear: Retractable tricycle wheeled 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. The aircraft can also land like an airplane if need be.
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- Article: Air-Taxi Startup Volocopter Unveils Four-Seater Suburban Shuttle, Bloomberg, May 17, 2021
- Article: VoloConnect: Expanding Volocopter’s Coverage of the Urban Air Mobility Ecosystem, Volocopter, May 17, 2021
- Video: Volocopter introduces the VoloConnect to complement their UAM aircraft family, Volocopter, May 17, 2021
- Article: Volocopter launches fixed-wing all-electric eVTOL, Flight Global, May 17, 2021
- Article: Volocopter patent filings show winged aircraft design in the works, eVTOL Magazine, Mar. 17, 2021
- Article: Volocopter unveils VoloConnect, its longer-range eVTOL air taxi, eVTOL Magazine, May 17, 2021
- Video: Volocopter’s VoloConnect team flying scaled prototype, Volocopter, May 17, 2021