Unnamed (Generation 6)
Wisk Aero LLC.
Mountain View, California, USA
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 an autonomous sixth generation production two passenger eVTOL aircraft which has been made for advanced air mobility (AAM). The aircraft has 12 propellers, 12 electric motors and battery packs. All electric VTOL aircraft provide the vehicle with no emissions, very high safety, low manufacturing costs, low passenger costs and an extremely quiet vehicle both inside and out.
The aircraft has a canopy window over the passenger cabin providing exceptional forward, left, right and top views. There is one high wing on the aircraft which will provide a longer range for its passengers than multicopter eVTOL aircraft. Beneath the high wing are six short booms and each boom has to propellers attached to either end of the boom. All the propellers are on the top side of the booms. The front six propellers are tilt-propellers and the rear six propellers are fixed VTOL-only propellers.
The aircraft has fixed skid landing gear which decreases the complexity of the aircraft and thus makes the aircraft even more reliable. In the rear of the aircraft is a V-tail with a small downward vertical stabilizer. There are no rear pusher propellers as the previous proof of concept and technology demonstrators had.
The line drawing above is from Wisk's January 2020 patent application. While this drawing could be very similar to what the production aircraft might look like, there could always be changes from an initial patent drawing to the final product.
The company reported in 2021 that it had made over 1,500 test flights with their aircraft. Wisk Aero plans for their aircraft to be sold and used as on-demand autonomous air taxi service, personal use, business use, possibly military use and for air cargo transportation.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger production aircraft
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- 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
- Electric Motors: 12 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage material: Unknown
- Windows: Canopy over cockpit
- Wing: 1 high wing
- Tail: V-tail with small downward vertical stabilize
- Landing gear: Fixed skid landing gear
- Safety features: 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. There are also redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft. There is a whole aircraft ballistic parachute.
- Note: These specifications will most likely change once the serial production aircraft has been finalized for manufacturing.
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- FAA Certification: N301XZ
- Article: Larry Page’s Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode, NY Times, Mar. 12, 2018
- Video: Meet Cora, Kitty Hawk, Mar. 12, 2018
- Article: Kitty Hawk unveils Cora aircraft for eVTOL air taxi market, Flight Global, Mar. 13, 2018
- Article: Air taxi trials possible in six years as tech company trials flying vehicle in Canterbury, Stuff, Mar. 13, 2018
- Tweet: Evolution of @kittyhawkcorp eVTOL, Twitter, Mar. 13, 2018
- Article: Ready for liftoff? Two flying taxi startups got Pentagon funding, The Guardian, July 10, 2018
- Article: Kitty Hawk Announcements, Electric VTOL News, Aug. 4, 2019
- Article: Kitty Hawk Reveals Heaviside, Electric VTOL News, Nov. 4, 2019
- Article: Teaming for Transformative Vertical Flight, Vertiflite, November/December 2019
- Article: Boeing and Kitty Hawk Launch eVTOL Joint Venture Wisk, Aviation International News Online, Dec. 3, 2019
- Article: Boeing and Kitty Hawk to develop Cora eVTOL under Wisk joint venture, eVTOL Magazine, Dec. 3, 2019
- Video: Wisk – We’ve Arrived, Wisk, Dec. 12, 2019
- Video: Wisk - Meet Cora, Wisk, Dec. 12, 2019
- Article: Cora + Boeing = Wisk, Electric VTOL News, Jan. 1, 2020
- Article: Cora + Boeing = Wisk, Electric VTOL News, Jan. 3, 2020
- Article: Wisk’s electric air taxis will fly themselves, says CEO, eVTOL Magazine, Jan. 20, 2020
- Article: Cora Down Under and Autonomous, Electric VTOL News, Mar. 3, 2020
- Article: Financing the Electric VTOL Revolution, Electric VTOL News, Jun. 17, 2020
- Article: Wisk Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership With NASA To Create New Framework For Autonomous Passenger Flight, eVTOL Insights, Nov. 16, 2020
- Article: Wisk’s self-flying air taxis are Boeing’s ‘singular play’ for urban air mobility, eVTOL Magazine, Mar. 19, 2021
- Article: Electric self-flying taxi on display, as Christchurch shows off future of air travel, Stuff (New Zealand), Apr. 17, 2021
- Article: eVTOL Insights Podcast: Anna Kominik of Wisk talks more about its work in New Zealand, eVTOL Insights, June 3, 2021
- Video First Piloted eVTOL Transition (August 2017, Generation 3), Wisk Aero, Aug. 30, 2021
- Article: Wisk’s First Piloted eVTOL Transition, eVTOL Magazine, Aug. 30, 2021
- Article: Absent 797, Boeing bets on Wisk's autonomous moonshot, The Air Current, Jan. 24, 2022
- Article: Wisk Aero secures $450M from Boeing to advance autonomous eVTOL aircraft, eVTOL Magazine, Jan. 24, 2022