The Skai by Alaka'i Technologies is the first ever hydrogen fuel cell powered eVTOL. The Skai is estimated to have up to a 400 mile range, carry up to 5 people, and have a top speed of 118mph. The aircraft is designed in collaboration with BMW Designworks, which is also repsonsible for desiging a Virgin Hyperloop One capsule interior. Alaka'i Technologies is led team of experts formerly from NASA, Raytheon, Beech, Cirrus, Dayjet, and the Department of Defense.
Stage of Development
Company Name: Alaka'i Technologies
Headquarters: Hopkinton, Massachussetes
Founder: Brian Morrrison
CEO: Steve Hanvey
Product Name: Skai
Type of Machine: Air taxi, Cargo, Medical assist.
Power: Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Flight Propulsion: Six propellors, and a total of about 400 horespower.
Capacity: Up to 5 passengers (including pilot).
Altitude: Operates between 500 ft to 3000 ft above the ground.
Range: 300 miles
Speed: About 1118mph
Regulation: Alaka'i is currently working with the FAA to get it's design approved for experimental flight. Skai belives that with it's 'keep it simple' appraoch, experimental certification and flight tests should be complete within a year.
Our Take on Skai
The design of Skai is one of the most advanced on the market, comparable to the Bell Nexus Air Taxi. With a team of highly experienced leaders in aviation innovation, as well as BMW Designworks, Skai is likely to go far. The Alaka'i Technologies team was able to take the Skai design from napkin sketch to complete mock-up and full-scale prototype in just one year, faster than most other eVTOL companies on the market. Moreover, Alaka'i has the first-mover advantage for hydrogen fuel cell technology. While smaller, electric powered vehicles may initially make more sense for urban infrastructure where electric charging is readily available, Skai's fuel cell technology gives it an undeniable advantage in efficiency, eco-friendliness, and overall performance.
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