Paragon VTOL Aerospace, lead innovators in vertical takeoff and landing technology (VTOL), continue to make forward strides for intra-city transport, committing to 50 VTOLs for urban air taxi movement in Brownsville, Texas to begin in 2025.

The Soar, a lift/cruise design with tilting rear props for horizontal winged flight

This commitment, momentous for the City of Brownsville, would enable the city to continue innovative and forward strides, reaching the next level of transportation, while pioneering breakthrough technologies. The availability of such a service, from Paragon VTOL Aerospace, would reduce the amount of time needed to move within Brownsville and surrounding areas, with the VTOLs having a total of nine passenger seats, zero carbon and zero emission fuel systems, and maintaining a range that will exceed 550 miles.

Mayor Trey Mendez, a strong proponent of technological breakthroughs in the community stated, “This year we have seen continued growth and progress in VTOL developments in Brownsville. The promise of this new approach to air mobility is something that our city remains dedicated to with Paragon becoming the epicenter for VTOL manufacturing and distribution.”

A visionary and revolutionary in the urban air travel industry, Paragon’s CEO and Founder Dwight Thanos Smith stated, “I stand with the City of Brownsville, its people, and our commitment to the technological evolution of transportation and look forward to continuing this incredible partnership.”

Paragon VTOL Aerospace announced building its manufacturing hub in the City of Brownsville’s industrial park at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport back in June 2021. The company also develops flight management software systems to assist air traffic controllers.

As previously announced, Paragon is also part of Siemens’ new Aerospace Startup Program, wherein the company is providing an integrated set of software solutions for Paragon VTOL Aerospace to design, test, produce, and monitor both current and future drone designs. With this partnership, Paragon intends to reduce both time and cost for their product development process, and more quickly bring their products to market.

Why it’s important: As highlighted by Siemens Director of Aerospace & Defense Bobby Blackmon, “the aerospace industry is changing rapidly… companies like Paragon are bringing new, emerging technology to market and changing the way we view the world.” The VTOL manufacturer is well-poised to provide both industrial and passenger services in the not-so-distant future given its partnership with a leading software company and a specialty in providing industry-specific drone hardware which could be used for security, law enforcement, or general transportation.

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