Transition to landing and high speed, fully autonomous VTOL cargo delivery demonstration

In a continuing test of its unique platform, Jetoptera demonstrated transition from horizontal flight to landing, and high speed, fully autonomous cargo delivery. The test was done on the quarter-scale model of the J-2000 aircraft powered by Electric Ducted Fans (EDFs). The autonomy and control software was developed by Jetoptera’s partner UAVenture and is based on their AirRails system. The video below shows fully autonomous operation from vertical takeoff to hovering and transition to wingborne flight, flight path following, and transition back to hovering and vertical landing.

The autonomy and control software will be used in the upcoming J-220 aircraft, a prototype of which is under construction. The J-220 will be powered by the Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS), which will enable significantly more capable operation. Using a gas turbine fueled by Jet-A or Diesel, the J-220 will be able to fly for more than one hour at speeds exceeding 150 mph, and carry payloads up to 50 lbs. The prototype J-220 is expected to fly in Q1 of 2020. The AirRails system adapted to Jetoptera’s technology allows use of a tablet-based ground control station with 3D flight planning capability. It enables operators without pilot experience to use the system. Mission input includes departure and delivery locations, waypoints, altitudes and speeds. The video below shows delivery of a simulated first aid kit.

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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