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.
Stage of Development
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.
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