Company from Vermont Beta Technologies has designed an electric plane specifically for biotechnology laboratory United Therapeutics, which is growing artificial organs for transplant. The plane Alia already got the certificate of airworthiness and passes the stage test flights.
The startup has no intention to release the plane at a wide market, instead the company decided to focus on joint project with United Therapeutics, and has developed electric aircraft vertical takeoff and landing Alia, says New Atlas.
Alia design was inspired by the Arctic tern. However, unlike birds, the aircraft uses four horizontal screws, and metal wings and tail are of impressive dimensions. The screws vertically lift the aircraft and allow it to sink slowly to the ground, and the wings are responsible for horizontal flight.
Technical characteristics of the aircraft
Developers do not reveal the reserve of the prototype, but the promise that the commercial version will provide the flights for a distance of over 400 km Maximum takeoff payload Alia – two thousand seven hundred twenty-two kilograms, and the volume of cargo should be no more than 5.7 cubic meters. The plane can also be used for the carriage of passengers – in can be installed and six chairs, one of which is intended for the pilot.
In addition to United Therapeutics, Beta Technologies is in talks with the U.S. air force, which ordered several prototypes Alia for Agility Prime designed to encourage the commercial development of air vehicles.
In addition, Beta plans to create a network of fast charging stations for eVTOL aircraft. The station will consist of solar panels, modules, energy storage and generators for charging from the mains, in case of high demand during peak hours or disruptions in the supply of electricity. There will be located the rest rooms and sleeping quarters for pilots.
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