Russian startup has developed a transport system with vertical takeoff and landing

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St. Petersburg-based Angravity has developed a vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) transport system with the same name, which can be operated either by a single pilot or be unmanned. The Dronoflot Telegram feed reported.

“The development will be useful for logistics companies, as well as mining companies. The developers plan to create and passenger version of the apparatus, which will be in demand at regional airports and in sparsely populated areas of the country,” the report said.

Angravity concept. Photo by © Dronoflot Telegram feed

Angraviti eVTOL will be able to carry up to 2,000 kilograms of payload at a distance of up to 1,500 kilometres at a speed of up to 300 kilometres per hour. The cost of a flight hour, according to engineers’ calculations, will be 30 thousand rubles, which is five times less than an hour’s operation of a Mi-8 helicopter.

In Russia, several companies are working on the topic of aircraft with vertical or shortened take-off and landing, the most famous of which are Ecolibri and Transport of the Future. The Ecolibri hybrid-electric aircraft will fly up to 1,200 kilometres at a speed of about 270 km/h.