According tomedia reports, although you have heard of some eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft can carry passengers, but many are still in the conceptual stage. But Alia doesn’t, because it’s on test flights every day. The Alia, developed by Beta Technologies in Vermont, combines the experience the aerospace company has learned from its previous smaller eVTOL prototype Ava.
Alia streamlined shapes are inspired by the bird’s aerodynamic body, especially the Arctic tern. However, unlike this animal, it uses four horizontal propellers to take off and land like a helicopter, switching to a rear vertical propulsion pillar during the cruise to fly faster and more efficiently.
The company’s plan for the final commercial product requires a fully battery-powered, 250-mile (402 km) range, a 50-foot (15.2-meter) wingspan, a maximum take-off weight of 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg), a capacity of 6 passengers and a capacity of 200 cubic feet (5.7 cubic meters).
The company is currently testing a prototype built in 2019 and this year received a seaworthiness certificate. Team member Kyle C told Lark Media that they fly every day.
In fact, Alia’s research was originally commissioned by biotech company United Therapeutics as a zero-emissions organ transplant delivery. The U.S. Air Force has commissioned a prototype for its Company Prime project, which aims to promote commercial development of airborne motor vehicles.
One of the proposed charging stations
Beta also plans to build a network of fast charging stations for aircraft. The facilities will be built in containers, including solar panel arrays, grid-connected inverters, energy storage modules and generators, which can be used to charge off-grid during peak hours or in the event of a power outage, as well as lounges and pilot sleeping areas.