On May 21, after months of rigorous testing, the Jetson team has completed its “first-ever eVTOL commute” with its single-seater eVTOL aircraft. Jetson co-founder Tomasz Patan piloted the Jetson ONE eVTOL as the Jetson team waited for the aircraft’s arrival at the Santa Maria a Monte facility in Tuscany. The eVTOL commute reduced trip time as compared to a car by an impressive 88%.
Jetson described the flight as a breakthrough for the emerging eVTOL sector and for its own rapidly growing company.
The latest Jetson ONE version was unveiled by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco on Thursday June 9, 2022. The ceremony marked the first time Jetson ONE was seen in public since it entered the market in late October 2021.
“Our long-term goal is to democratize flight. We firmly believe the ‘eVTOL’ is the future for mass transportation. We are committed to making this a reality,” said Tomasz Patan, co-founder and CTO of Jetson.
The Jetson ONE is constructed of a race-car inspired lightweight aluminum space frame and a carbon-Kevlar composite body. It is powered by eight electric motors, has a flight time of 20 minutes, and reaches a top speed of 63 miles per hour (102 kilometers per hour). The aircraft is powered by a high discharge lithium-ion battery and can carry a pilot’s weight of 210 pounds (100kg).
“The Jetson ONE is incredibly fun to fly. Most importantly, the flight stabilization system we developed makes flight super easy. We can make anyone a pilot in less than five minutes,” said Peter Ternstrom, co-founder and president.
Why it’s important: This demonstration flight is a significant milestone for the urban air mobility industry as it proves the feasibility of near term eVTOL air taxis. While the Jetson ONE is a personal air vehicle as opposed to commercially operated, it signals to consumers and operators that the technology is ready for implementation as soon as regulations and infrastructure are established, and that eVTOL transportation has immense benefits while remaining operationally affordable.
Source // Jetson press release
Related: Jetson ONE eVTOL sold out for 2022 deliveries (March 2022)