As a 12-rotor aircraft capable of carrying 250 kg and flying at a speed of up to 80km/h, Seraph is one of the UK’s leading candidates for electric VTOL air taxis, foreign media reported. Vertical Industries has released a video of the flight of the dwarf aircraft.
Seraph is known to have 12 rotors, which are mounted on six wing arms by the coaxial. It looks like the plane has a battery on top, allowing air to cool the battery and electronic devices through the side of the propeller.
Bristol-based Vertical Industries says Seraph can carry up to 250kg, meaning it can carry up to three people – although the company does not. For now, the 70-employee company is building and certifying a different, passenger-centric aircraft that it hopes to put into service by 2020.
At that time, the aircraft will be back for testing and potential heavy cargo missions. Thanks to the modular design, Seraph switches mode for universal skateboards, wheels or floats for surface landing. It can also be made larger or smaller depending on the needs of the operation.
However, because of the current energy density of lithium batteries, the aircraft’s flight capability may be very limited, about 20 minutes .