The Ray Civil VTOL Aircraft is being developed by Ray Research AG in Muttenz, Switzerland. The "Ray" VTOL is named such because it resembles a Manta Ray, and features two ducted fans at the rear of the craft for propulsion and two in each wing for additional power. Recently, the company has competed in Boeing's GoFly competition and helped to develop the Dart Flyer, a single person tailsitter VTOL.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL
Range: 1120 miles
Top Speed: 224 mph
Propeller Configuration: 2 Pratt and Whitney PW210 engines (800 shp), 6 electric motor/propeller assemblies.
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 4 Passengers + 1 Pilot
Autonomy Level: Piloted
Our Take on Ray Research
The blended wing body (BWB) design of the Ray Research VTOL is becoming increasingly popular among futuristic aerospace design concepts as it minimizes drag, yet requires unique manufacturing challenges. Since 2015, no updates or prototypes from Ray's Civil VTOL Aircraft have been released.