JAXA Hornisse

Quick Summary

The JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) Hornisse is a ducted fan craft that is currently being tested at sub-scale model sizes to validate the concept before moving on to larger scale variants. The aircraft pictured is a rendering of a proposed eVTOL aircraft by JAXA, and is not the Hornisse sub-scale test bed.

Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Stage of Development

Preliminary Design

Prototype Build

Flight Testing


Commercially Operating
Technical Details

The sub-scale test aircraft named the Hornisse (which means Hornet) has the following dimensions:

Wingspan: 1.98 m (87")

Length: 2.3 m (90.6")

Height: 49 cm (19.3")

Our Take on JAXA's eVTOl and Hornisse

JAXA's eVTOL concept and the Hornisse proof-of-concept sub-scale model are backed by an agency that had a budget of $2 Billion in 2013. The resource pool is enormous for JAXA, so most likely their testing will continue for the foreseeable future and then progress to the full-scale eVTOL concept. Monitor the progress of the Hornisse as an indicator of future successes of the company.