According tomedia reports, when people hear VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft will usually think of the passengers of the “air taxi.” However, the unmanned Nuuva is being designed to compete with cargo helicopters for aircraft products. VTOL’s biggest selling point is that when they take off and land vertically, they turn to more efficient fixed-wing flights once they reach cruising altitude. This means they can reach hard-to-reach locations like helicopters, while at the same time consuming less fuel and usually faster in forward flight.
The Nuuva product line will include two models – the V300 and V20 – both from The Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel. In addition, the company is already known for its two-seat Velis Eletro electric aircraft and the ultra-fuel-efficient twin body Taurus G4.
Both Nuuva models will use eight battery-powered Pipistrel electric motors, each of which drives one of eight horizontal propellers, with vertical thrust. As for horizontal thrust, it will be provided by a push-back strut and powered by an internal combustion engine.
With a total length of 11.3 meters and a wingspan of 13.2 meters, the V300 can have a range of approximately 300 km at full oil (410 liters) and a load of 300 kg. It is said that when the weight is only 50 kg, it will be able to fly 2,500 kilometers. The aircraft can carry up to 460 kg if the range is not taken into account.
The V20 is designed for last-mile delivery of light aircraft, which is only 4.5 meters long and can carry 20 kilograms of payload over a distance of 250 kilometers.
Both models will have automatic flight capabilities, using GPS and on-board sensors to follow pre-programmed flight paths. The ground operator can still manually control it remotely at any time, if necessary.
Pipistrel plans to put the V300 into service in the second half of 2023, and computer animation of the plane can be seen in the video below. The V20 could go on sale as soon as next year.