Orca Aerospace, a brand-new Hungarian company founded in 2020, has designed an electric aircraft that could revolutionise the entire personal air vehicle industry in the foreseeable future.
According to their website, Orca Aerospace was founded by four young Hungarians last November after their successful participation in the renowned International General Aviation Aircraft Design Competition by the Royal Aeronautical Society. To be exact, the team received 3rd place with their eVTOL design.
The acronym eVTOL stands for electric vertical take-off and landing. In effect, this category includes a wide variety of aircrafts such as the famous Harrier military jet and most helicopters. This means that the vehicle can take off and land without the need of a runway.
After their first success, Orca Aerospace’s design received a bronze award at the A’Design Award and Competition and finished in the top 10 at AIRBUS’s Sustainable Mobility Challenge.
According to 24.hu, the solution to the traffic challenges in metropolitan areas could be the introduction of personal air vehicles or air taxis. Currently, there are major scientific research programs conducted in this field all around the world, and the industry has reached a value of USD 45 billion. This figure is expected to increase to USD 97 billion by 2027.
That is one reason why this Hungarian achievement is so significant as it is a pioneering project in a raipidly growing sector.
The company has signed a cooperation contract with AerinX to jointly develop and examine the maintaining processes.
Orca Aerospace has a good intention in mind. According to 24.hu, the company wants to – first and foremost – revolutionise the air medical service sector. Their vehicle is lighter and faster than regular helicopters, plus it does not emit pollutants. It also strikes as a more affordable solution due to its lower initial acquisition and maintenance cost.
According to the Pécs-based team of researchers, the vehicle could house a pilot, two paramedics and a patient on an emergency bed. The vehicle would be propelled by 7 electric rotors, two of which could be rotated to aid take-off and landing.
In total, the vehicle could transport 600 kilograms of cargo and, according to simulation results, it could cover 100 kilometres on a single charge. Orca Aerospace has been currently building a 1:5 scale replica to conduct tests on the control of the vehicle.
According to 24.hu, another important aspect of the aircraft design was to make sure that all the processes are completed in Hungary. The team wants to launch their aircraft as a Hungarian product in the international market. Their aim is to strengthen the evolving industry in Hungary.
Source: 24.hu, orca-evtol.com, aerinx.com