A new concept of electric aircraft with vertical take-off

Le Transwing se transforme en l’air pour basculer entre un mode de vol classique et un atterrissage vertical. © PteroDynamics

A new type of aircraft with vertical take-off and landing bypasses the limits of autonomy and thanks to a clever concept. Equipped with longer wings for more economical flight, the Transwing folds them to land vertically without the need for a runway.

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Vertical take-off and landing (adv) aircraft have been a hot topic recently, with two flying taxis Which took a new step last week. This week, it is a concept from American manufacturer PteroDynamics that is in the news. The Transwing is an electric ADAV under development that has the specification to convert to flight to eliminate the main weak points of this type of aircraft.

adavs, a category that includes most drone As well as helicopters, are particularly advantageous for urban use as they do not require a take-off runway such as a classic plane. Therefore they are suitable for use in: flying taxi, for example. However, this mode of flight requires more power, limiting their cargo or passenger transport capacity, as well as their range.

Presentation of the Transwing with a demonstration of the changes in flight. In English, activate the automatic translation of subtitles. © PteroDynamics

wings that fold to land

The Transwing has two classically shaped wings, each with two electric motors, and so can fly like a standard airplane. This gives it better autonomy and the ability to carry heavier loads than others. Adavi. For landing and take-off, its two wings pivot and fold to stand vertically with the aircraft. The operation is carried out in flight without disturbing Speed Of’airplane, allowing it to land vertically, like a helicopter, on a small surface. The device uses five times less power with wingspan, and PteroDynamics believes it can reach up to 640 km/h.

Transwing is still in development and the manufacturer does not provide a date for possible commercialization at the moment. Currently, PteroDynamics is working on three prototypes with wingspans of 1.3, 2 and 3.5 metres. The firm intends to start with cargo drones, and aims to develop flying taxi for the transportation of passengers.

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