It does not require a pilot’s license and costs almost $100,000. But the flight time does not exceed 20 minutes.
RotorX has unveiled the Dragon, a compact electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The device is made in the form of an octacopter, each screw is equipped with an electric motor with a power of 16 kW. The maximum flight time on a single charge is 20 minutes, the electric aircraft can accelerate to 101 km/h and can lift a pilot weighing no more than 113 kg. The RotorX Dragon is a single seat joystick controlled model. It belongs to the ultra-light class, so a pilot’s license is not required to control it, the manufacturer notes.
The novelty is intended, rather, for flights at low altitude, but those who dare to climb higher will be pleased with the presence of a ballistic parachute in case of an emergency. It also offers an automatic landing system and the possibility of hovering in the air without manual control. The RotorX Dragon will be supplied as an assembly kit with all necessary tools, as well as written and video instructions. Or buyers can visit the headquarters of the American company Advanced Tactics and assemble the aircraft under the supervision of specialists, as well as receive training in operating the device. The RotorX Dragon is currently available for pre-order for $99,000 and will ship in August next year.