Jetoptera demonstrates transition and high-speed flight with electric, quarter-scale model of J-2000 flying car

Jetoptera demonstrated transition from hover to horizontal flight, excellent maneuverability, and high speeds up to 90 mph with a quarter-scale model of the J-2000 two-seat manned aircraft. In this phase of testing, the model has an all-electric configuration, with a propulsion system of batteries and electric ducted fans (EDFs). This allows testing of the airframe and control algorithms. The data collected will translate to the Fluidic Propulsion System™ (FPS), where the EDFs and batteries will be replaced by thrusters and a turbo-compressor.  The aircraft equipped with FPS will have significantly higher speed, range, and payload capability.

Jetoptera has previously demonstrated horizontal and vertical flight powered by the FPS. A test of the J-220 aircraft powered by the FPS, an aircraft of similar size as the subscale model, is expected around year end. The J-220, with a max takeoff weight of 220 lbs, will be capable of VTOL, speed of 200 mph, payload of 50 lbs, and range of 150 miles. “Our patented FPS and airframe have been validated in various technology qualification steps over the past 4 years. The FPS will augment the recent electric demonstration to unmatched range and speed, while retaining VTOL capability and being agnostic to the energy stored onboard,” said Andrei Evulet, Jetoptera’s CTO.

Purposefully integrated with the propulsion system for higher efficiency, the Jetoptera airframe is a compact combination of box wing, canard, and propulsion system. This allows the thrust augmentation of the FPS to be combined with lift augmentation from the integration with the airframe. The result is a high lift-to-drag design that enables high speed, maneuverability, and efficiency. This configuration will be used by the entire suite of FPS-powered and VTOL-capable Jetoptera products. “The VTOL and high-speed capabilities just demonstrated will be fully inherited and improved upon by our entire unmanned and manned aerial vehicle suite of products.” said Denis Dancanet, Jetoptera’s CEO.

About Jetoptera

Jetoptera’s vision is to create a world where aerial mobility is commonplace for both cargo and people. We have developed a unique propulsion system integrated with a novel airframe. This allows us to create lighter, more efficient, and less complex aircraft. Our technology enables vertical and short takeoff and landing (V/STOL), high speeds, sizable payloads and range, and maneuverability.

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