Since 2017, Neoptera Ltd has been developing a new unique VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) light manned aircraft for civil aviation, and it’s a game changer for safety and user experience. Meet the eOpter.
The eOpter is an innovative winged VTOL aircraft particularly suited for the transportation of 2 to 5 passengers or equivalent payload/ cargo. It offers the versatility of helicopters (enabling vertical take-off from compact helipads), combined with the energy efficiency of aircraft (benefiting from the lift afforded by fixed wings to extend range).
The company’s aerospace experience and deep understanding of the challenges involved in the design, development, and certification of aircraft systems, has allowed them to concentrate their efforts on safety and simplicity, while at the same time offering a truly novel concept. Safety of occupants drives a number of design choices as well as the embodiment of the aircraft, whether in flight but also on the ground. Comfort and handling qualities are also important design factors, to ensure passengers do not get air-sick. It constrains how the aircraft is flown, in particular, how it transitions between vertical and level flight configurations.
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The aircraft would be even simpler if it wasn’t for its precious payload and the presence of passengers. Whether or not the aircraft is piloted, the passengers present profound design implications. These implications are of lesser importance when designing unmanned aircraft.
This is not an electrification of past VTOL concepts. It’s the eVTOL missing link and a new category of VTOL aircraft altogether. Thinking outside the box, Neoptera has managed to come up with a proposition that will offer a unique passenger experience which could become the benchmark for future transition VTOL.
The eOpter relies on distributed electric propulsion to offer a fault-tolerant solution with multiple levels of redundancy. Whilst the aircraft is ready for the next generation in battery technology, it is currently designed to operate with existing Li-ion cells and the modularity of the concept is also compatible with a range of electric energy sources such as hybrid power unit or fuel cells.
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