13-Jan-2022 Source: Bellwether Industries
Bellwether Industries, London-based urban air mobility (UAM) startup, has officially released its video of a free- flight test of the half-scale eVTOL model, responding to the growing interest from the public.
Last year, Bellwether Industries made its debut at DroneX/Helitech, held in London, to showcase its prototype and introduce the concept of Volar, the derivative that defines private UAM aircraft for intracity travel, to the public. One month later, the startup was present at the Dubai Air Show, a landmark event in the global aviation industry, as an exhibitor and panelist.
Bellwether Industries’ eVTOL captured people’s attention throughout the span of the show by virtue of its unique blend of functionality coupled with desirability. When it came to the philosophy behind the product, the company indicated that the human-centric design is the indispensable element for volar to live in harmony with the urban environment and become accessible to people.
As of last year, on the 12th of November, 2021, Bellwether Industries announced that the free-flight test of its volar was completed and achieved breakthrough progress. In the past two years, the team has also conducted several phases of iteration to improve the flight performance of the prototypes. “Our volar flies smoothly and proves our efforts that go into innovation and technology. We are confident in our volar and will strive for perfection with continuous improvement.” said Kai-Tse (KT) Lin, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder at Bellwether Industries.
The latest flight test was conducted at an altitude of 13 feet (4 metres) with a speed of 40 kilometres per hour (25 miles per hour). The team mentioned that the test flight demonstrated stability and controllability of the prototype and would be the start of a series of development projects.
Kun-Yang (Daniel) Chen, CEO and founder at Bellwether Industries, said: “The year 2021 marks the point at which Bellwether Industries takes a great step forward and has shown our potential towards the next level.” He added: “It’s an exciting moment to witness the world’s first eVTOL without a large wingspan or exposed blades come into reality.”
Bellwether Industries also heralded that the ultimate vision of a full-scale volar will be a 4-to-5-seat aircraft carrying out intracity travels at an altitude of 3,000 feet (915 metres) with a speed of up to 220 kilometres per hour (135 miles per hour).
About the next step, Bellwether Industries reveals that the iteration of its model has been in progress and the company is expanding its partnerships. “We will meet you all with a brand-new image and demonstrate our bigger, more ambitious goal,” commented KT Lin.