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Wisk Aero (formerly Kitty Hawk) Cora (Generation 4)

Wisk Aero Cora, Generation 4, technology demonstrator

 

Cora (Generation 4)
Wisk Aero LLC.
Mountain View, California, USA
www.cora.aero

Wisk Aero was founded in 2019 as a joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk Corporation and is headquartered in Mountain View, California, USA. The goal of the company is to manufacture autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with zero emissions, for advanced air mobility (AAM) and air cargo. The company recognizes that self-flying cars will not be the first to market but expects to be the first autonomous eVTOL passenger aircraft to market. Kitty Hawk Corporation purchased Zee Aero aircraft its technology and intellectual property rights in March 2018.

The joint venture was to manufacture Kitty Hawk's Cora eVTOL passenger aircraft and with a goal to operate one of the world's largest urban air taxi fleets in the world, for use in United States, Europe and Asia. In February 2022, Boeing invested another $450 million in Wisk Aero. It was reported in late 2019, that some of Boeing's executives are already on Wisk Aero's board.

The Cora is a crewed subscale fourth generation technology demonstrator aircraft working towards a final production design and to determine if the aircraft will function in a real world setting. This first technology demonstrator holds one test pilot and is expected to be an autonomous aircraft for the production model. It is unknown if this aircraft flies autonomously.

Technology demonstrator aircraft are typically used for new unique aircraft to help inventors to flight test the aircraft, collect flight test data and to move the aircraft forward for to a production aircraft. At this stage, the company is beginning to develop a plan for a manufacturing plants to produce the aircraft.

The cabin has a canopy over the cockpit providing excellent forward, left, right and upward views for the passengers. The aircraft has one low wing for lift during forward flight. The low wing will greatly increase the range of this battery-only powered aircraft. There is one rear pusher propeller for forward flight. Six booms have been installed under the low wing which hold a grand total of 12 VTOL propellers. This makes a total of 13 electric motors on this aircraft. There is one twin tail boom which has a continuous metal design which forms into two vertical upward stabilizers which then continue on to form the horizontal stabilizer. The aircraft has fixed tricycle wheeled landing gear for take off and landings.

The company reported in 2021 that over 1,500 test flights has been made with their aircraft. The company expects its autonomous eVTOL aircraft for air taxi service, for other types of passenger air mobility missions and for autonomous air cargo transportation.

Wisk Aero Cora, Generation 4, parked on the tarmac

Wisk Aero Cora, Generation 4, parked on the tarmac

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL proof of concept passenger aircraft
  • Piloting: 1 pilot or autonomous
  • Capacity: 1 pilot and 1 passenger
  • Cruise speed: 110 mph (180 km/h)
  • Range: 62 mi (100 km)
  • Flight Time: Unknown
  • Maximum altitude: 3,000 ft (900 m)
  • Propellers: 12 VTOL propellers, 1 rear pusher propellers
  • Electric Motors: 13 electric motors
  • Power source: Batteries
  • Fuselage material: Unknown
  • Windows: 1 large canopy type window over the cockpit
  • Wings: 1 low wing, with 6 booms under the wings to hold the VTOL propellers
  • Tail: 1 twin tail boom and at the end has continuous metal forming two vertical upward stabilizers forming the horizontal stabilizer
  • Landing gear: Fixed tricycle wheeled landing gear

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