The Astro Elroy is an eVTOL being developed in Ft. Worth, Texas by Astro Aeronautics, originally based in Switzerland. The initial autonomous flight tests occurred in May of 2017.
Stage of Development
From the Astro Website:
Seamless flight control and navigation
The Elroy is equipped with high-end technologies like Adaptive Flight Control, Fiber Optic Internal Communications, Field Oriented Motor Control and Encrypted Communication Channels.
The Elroy can take off, land and perform all stages of flight maneuvering completely autonomously, guided securely via LTE (4G) network, or on board controlled. You can take over at any time via the Touch Flight Control or fly-by-wire joystick.
A leader in flight support system
The Elroy uses cutting-edge technology wrapped with user-friendly interface. The Glass Cockpit Avionics flight support software allows passengers to input their destination quickly and fly there precisely without the use of a joystick (a joystick is provided for fly-by-wire override).
Equipped with remote LTE (4G) telemetry and control capability, the Elroy can send flight information in real time, use situational awareness, ADS-B display of local air traffic, real time weather radar and immersive 3D terrain data. The Elroy aircraft can also be remotely controlled by the Ground Control and Monitoring Center; allowing an operator located as far away as the EU or Asia to fly a North America-based aircraft safely and efficiently.
The Elroy is run strictly on FIBRE OPTICS. With the exception of the main power cables, there is not a single wire in the entire aircraft. From the connection between the Joystick to Main Control CPU to every engine controller to the navigation screens, everything is communicated by LIGHT.
Our Take on the Astro Elroy
The Astro Elroy has one unique advantage over many other eVTOLs - it's been flight tested for over a year. This achievement is fantastic for Astro Aeronautics, but the next hurdle - the regulatory one - is looming in front of the company. If Astro can successfully navigate a path to certification with the FAA, then their Elroy has a great chance of becoming a profitable endeavor for them.
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