Based in London, aircraft manufacturer Lyte Aviation plans to launch a prototype vertical takeoff and landing bus. Baptized SkyBusit could make its first flights as early as 2025.
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When we talk aboutaircraftaircraft with vertical takeoff and landing, we think of the flying taxis which were among the stars of the last Paris Air Show. Devices capable of transporting up to five people maximum. The London start-up Lyte Aviation see bigger, with a real VTOL type aircraft, capable of carrying up to 44 people or transporting cargo. According to his plans, the SkyBus LA-44 will resemble a business jet, but with two pairs of short wings at the front and rear. They will each carry two motors, making a total of eight rotors. The six propeller blades placed inside the wing will be larger than that of the engine located at its end. For takeoff and landing, the wings will orient themselves to point the propellers upward. To go on a cruise, they will tilt horizontally. In this configuration, Lyte Aviation claims that its aircraft will have a range of 1,000 kilometers and that it will be able to reach a vitessevitesse peak of 300 km/h.
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To achieve this autonomy, the aircraft manufacturer is not banking on 100% electric. The engine will be based on current turboprop engines with a power ranging from 3,500 to 5,000 horsepower. These motors will be those located closest to the fuselagefuselage. As for the wingtip rotors, these will be electric motors powered by a battery. hydrogenhydrogen. It is certainly a question of ensuring instantaneous torque so that these motors can ensure the stabilization of the aircraft in the event of turbulenceturbulence during the takeoff and landing phases. Along the same lines, the Lyte Aviation team is also considering using controllable pitch propellers. The company plans to produce its prototype next year for a first flight in 2025, which seems very optimistic for an aircraft of this scale. He also indicates that he is banking on 100% electric hydrogen propulsion for the future. Even if the project seems very ambitious, what is encouraging is that Lyte Aviation has already signed a pre-order agreement for 10 SkyBus, with the Indian company Vman Aviation Services.
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