VIMANA AAV


Quick Summary

The Vimana AAV (autonomous air vehicle) is being developed by Vimana Global, in Redwood City, CA, USA. The Vimana is an eVTOL with 8 rotors, 4 mounted on each wing. The wings of the AAV rotate to facilitate vertical takeoff and landing and also accelerated forward flight.



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Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Type of machine: Tilt-wing VTOL

Propulsion: 8 electric/hybrid-powered thrusters @ 60kW

Diameter of the Rotor: 9.5 m span (incl. propellers), 4.8 m length (excl. propellers

Diameter of each Propeller: 1.6 m

Overall Height: 1.95 m

Capacity: 2-4 passengers

Cockpit Dimensions: 4.5 m x 1.8 m x 1.4 m

Max Take-Off Mass (MTOM): 1,300 kg

Max Payload: 400 kg

Operating Empty Weight (OEW): 900 kg

Max Range (@MTOM): 900 km / 600 mi

Max Flight Time (@MTOM): 3 hrs @ 200 km/h + 30 min safety

Max Air Speed (limited time): 280 km/h NES

Rate of Climb (@MTOM): 15 m/s

Rate of Descent: 12 m/s

Altitude (Service Ceiling): 4,500 m

Altitude (hovering): 4,000 m

Noise Level: ~70 dB(A) at 100 m



Our Take on Vimana


Vimana is proposing not only to design and build an autonomous vehicle - they're also proposing to integrate it with blockchain technology. The company plans on using its own blockchain network to compete with the likes of UberAIR instead of attempting to integrate with that system. A full-scale mockup of the Vimana was on display at the Davos World Economic Forum in January of 2018, and a teaser video of successful flight tests show a strong future for the technology they are busy developing and validating.