The Vertical Aerospace Seraph is the second eVTOL made by British developer Vertical Aerospace. The first iteration was a smaller 'proof of concept' while the newer Seraph is much larger and has a far higher payload capacity at 250kg (550 lbs). This payload is record setting for prototypes in this category. The Seraph's body has a central fuselage with a total of 8 extremity rotors used for lift and control. In addition the remarkable payload capacity, the Seraph is one of the sleekest looking designs in development, taking inspiration from Formula One racing technology. The company hopes to begin putting its aircraft into commercial air taxi service by 2022.
Vertical Aerospace is based in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 2016 by the former CEO of OVO energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick. Its team consists of over 70 aerospace and automotive experts from companies like Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Martin Jetpack, Land Rover, Jaguar, and GE.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: VTOL, no fixed wing
Powerplant: Electric motors
Range: About 100 miles
Top Speed: 80kph (50mph)
Propeller Configuration: X rotors, each with X diameter
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 3 passengers, 550 lbs
Autonomy Level: Piloted, semi-autonomous with future option for autonomy
Wingspan/Dimensions: 6M X 8M X 3M
Headquarters: Bristol, United Kingdom
Vertical Aerospace CEO: Stephen Fitzpatrick
Altitude: Operates between 500 ft to 3000 ft above the ground.
Vertical take-off and landing: Uses extremity rotors for both lift and control. Its structure is that of a passenger drone, meaning that it has a central fuselage supported by its rotors.
Fixed wing flight: Built to be a short distance air taxi, and so has no fixed wing.
Regulation: The 'technology demonstrator' aircraft has received certification for flight from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Vertical Aerospace is currently working with the European Aviation Agency to get flight certification for its next model.
Our Take on Vertical Aerospace
Vertical aerospace is positioned as one of the leading eVTOL development companies in the UK. Its original demonstrator flight video caught the eyes of many in the industry, and established Vertical Aerospace as well on its way to success. Moreover, the team is full of expert members from well established aerospace companies, helping to establish its credibility and bringing expertise as well as the possibility of additional funding if necessary. The record breaking 550lb payload carrying flight of the Seraph, Vertical's latest aerial mobility prototype, was a milestone for the company in demonstrating the viability of their product.