Neoptera eOpter

Quick Summary

The Neoptera eOpter is being developed in a joint venture in Bristol, UK, and Toulouse, France. The eOpter is an electric VTOL that uses eight propellers for thrust generation with a unique rotating structure to transition from vertical takeoff/landing to cruise flight. The firm is developing two models, the TRL 5 (2-seat) and TRL 7 (4-seat), and is designed to EASA Certification Requirements and NASA TVF WG4 Mission Requirements.

Neoptera, based in Bristol, UK and Toulouse, France.

Stage of Development

Preliminary Design

Prototype Build

Flight Testing


Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL

Powerplant: All-Electric

Range: 50 miles

Top Speed:

Propeller Configuration: 8 independent electric motors and propellers

Passenger/Payload Capacity: TRL 5 (2-seat), TRL 7 (4-seat)

Autonomy Level: Piloted

Wingspan/Dimensions: 4 feet*

*Neoptera has not built a full-scale version of its eOptera prototype.

Our Take on Neoptera

Neoptera has several functional sub-scale eVTOL models to its credit, however none of them are larger than 4 feet in wingspan. The smaller TRL 5 is scheduled to begin testing in 2021 and its larger model, the TRL 7, will begin test flights in 2023.