KAITE-VTOL is an “Ambulance” designed to deliver any cargo anywhere in the world. The project was first presented at the EUROSATORY 2018 International Arms Exhibition, which brought its attention to international professionals. KAITE has since announced plans to build drones with different payloads (from 6 to 500 kg) and a range of up to 4000 km. Updates from KAITE have been scarce, but the company's website and investors' page is still live.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL, Cargo
Powerplant: Gasoline combustion with jet engine
Range: 125 mi/ 200 km
Top Speed: 280 mph / 450 kph
Propeller Configuration: Radial lifting fans are closed with sashes and have a ring turbine in the wings (electric or turbine); pushing impeller integrated into the fuselage.
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 220 lbs /100 kg
Autonomy Level: Autonomous
Dimensions: 6m wingspan, 5m length, cargo compartment 2-4 m³
Key Design Features: - Blended-wing-body design (BWB); adaptive wing surface; active noise protection; double and triple redundancy of key systems; four landing options
Our Take on KAITE-VTOL
KAITE is a relatively small company looking to achieve big goals. Their mission states that they hope to deliver "goods to anywhere in the world with the speed of the aircraft at a cost of a car." KAITE-VTOL employs an innovative Blended Wing Body design while horizontal and vertical flight are propelled by two separate systems. The company has already prototyped at least 12 sub-scale models which have undergone various flights to test their AI controls system as well as aircraft performance in specific climate environments. Funding appears to be a main priority at the moment, according to CEO Sergey Scherbakov.