cyclotech’s EVTOL takes flight
is this the future of travel? austria-based cyclotech lifts off with the first successful flight of its cyclo-rotors eVTOL prototype. the unique flying car design enhances innovative rotors instead of traditional propellers, which offer greater freedom of movement when vertically taking-off and landing.
all images courtesy of cyclotech
the technology behind cyclotech’s cyclo-rotors is a mechanism that was patented almost 100 years ago, although never before used for an aircraft. wing blades are integrated inside a spinning cylindrical tube to form each propeller. the angle of the blades can be changed during flight to enable rapid redirection. in comparison, other eVTOLs need time to transition from vertical to normal flight mode for take-off and landing.
a 360-degree thrust vector control system, which also features gust compensation, functions as an auxiliary propulsion – basically enabling precise manoeuvrability. transition from hovering to flight mode is also stable thanks to this technology. the result is bundled within a compact, reduced footprint to truly define personal air mobility.
cyclotech’s first flight marks a step closer to vertical mobility. it successfully tested the stability and functionality of the flight control system, the continuity of the rotor performance, and the safety using remote control. the vehicle weighed 83kg to simulate a descaled 5-seater air taxi system.
for the first flight, a 83kg-weighing vehicle simulated a descaled 5-seater air taxi