Archer electric air taxi will fly 100 km at a speed of 240 km / hMay 26, 2020
Among the developers of promising modes of transport, a new player appeared – startup Archer. He intends to introduce an electric VTOL of his own design (vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) as early as 2021. The device will have revolutionary characteristics – to reach speeds of up to 240 km / h, fly on a single charge with a pilot and 4 passengers with baggage at a distance of up to 100 km and recharge in just 20 minutes. All current eVTOL developments can survive in the air for no more than 15-20 minutes with a maximum of 2 passengers.
Startup Archer was founded by two entrepreneurs with no experience in aircraft construction or transport, so they invited 44 experienced engineers to join their team, including specialists from Joby Aviation, Boeing, Airbus and NASA, BI reports.
The company promises to begin the first flight tests of a new electric aircraft at the beginning of next year. So far little is known about this eVTOL, only that it can reach speeds of up to 240 km / h and can cover about 100 km on a single battery charge. The device will be able to lift up to four passengers with luggage if their total weight does not exceed 450 kg.
According to preliminary information, an eVTOL from Archer will have a pilot, that is, it will not be a fully automatic means of transport.
In between flights, an electric taxi will spend about 20 minutes recharging for the next flight.
The urban air transport industry has recently become increasingly popular, although until now, new types of aircraft have not been able to supplant traditional helicopters. Archer, unlike many competitors, is primarily going to develop intercity and suburban passenger air transportation, and only then it will be possible to think about flights between cities.
The first markets will most likely be Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as a couple of cities in Texas – there is a suitable climate and there is a demand for new modes of transport. At the initial stage, the startup will take advantage of the existing helipads in the cities, and then invest in the development of its own infrastructure.
By the end of next year, Archer will build and test six full-size prototypes. After that, it will be possible to begin certification at the US Federal Aviation Administration.
In order to get permission from the FAA faster, Jaunt Air Mobility has developed an electric hybrid between a helicopter and an airplane. Since it is classified as a rotorcraft, it will not be necessary to develop new rules for its operation.
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