The Pipistrel eVTOL Concept was unveiled at the 2nd annual Uber Elevate Summit on May 8th in Los Angeles, CA. The Blended-wing-body design (BWB) is becoming increasingly popular among new aerospace designs. The Pipistrel team also announced that an entire family of eVTOL's was being developed for scalability and mission-tailored performance.
Stage of Development
There are no technical specifications available for the Pipistrel eVTOL concept at this time. Some background information:
“Pipistrel is not trying to reinvent the helicopter by giving the vehicle many rotors, but is rather embracing dedicated propulsion solutions for cruise and vertical lift with built-in scaling capability.” stated Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel's founder and general manager.
The company is also partnered with Elan, a Slovenian company that specializes in producing sporting goods. Elan also has extensive experience working with advanced materials, including composites, that are used in a number of its products.
Our Take on Pipistrel
Pipistrel is no stranger to building electric airplanes. The Slovenian company has a similar level of experience with designing, producing, and operating electric aircraft as do others like Dufour Aerospace. Because of this experience, Pipistrel will most likely be successful in implementing an electrical propulsion system in their eVTOL. Their biggest design hurdle is the all new BWB (blended-wing-body) configuration that to date the company has not deployed on a conventionally powered aircraft.
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