A team of researchers at Washington State University (WSU) is testing components of the new
John Swensen, Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering andMaterials Science, and WSU Professor Konstantin Matveev received a grant from the Washington Joint Center for Innovative Aerospace Technologies (JCATI) to work with the American startup ZEVA Aero on the eVTOL single-seat aircraft of the same name. This means that the aircraft will use electricity for vertical takeoff, landing and hovering.
Prototype electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft
For its part, the WSU engineering team is studyingaerodynamic configurations to optimize traction and vehicle handling. As Matveev explains, in order to make the dream of an individual plane come true, it is important to solve the problem of insufficient thrust, "so that at least someone can be lifted off the ground."
ZEVA Aero, led by WSU alumnus StevenTibbits, built a working prototype of the eVTOL aircraft. The authors of the development hope that first of all it will be useful to the first responders. The ZEVA Aero prototype is designed to fly at a speed of 257 km / h for a distance of up to 80 km. For comparison, the high-speed train "Sapsan" develops a speed of up to 250 km / h. The unique vehicle first acts like a hovering helicopter and then tilts to fly horizontally like an airplane, more efficiently, Swensen said.
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