Pioneering eVTOL Startup in Latin America Selected for a Los Angeles Accelerator

Moya Aero is a name we’ll most likely hear more often from now on. This Brazilian startup is developing a product that’s revolutionary not just for its country but the entire Latin America. With this new milestone, it will be one step closer to reaching industry leaders worldwide.
The Moya eVTOL claims to be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere 7 photos
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Innovation is fueled by money, and this is what the Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator is here to do – provide funding to promising projects. It claims to be one of the top seed-stage investors globally, with impressive figures such as a portfolio of more than 3,400 companies and a market value in excess of $70 billion.

In a couple of months, during the first week of December, it will host Demo Day. This is the big day when representatives of early-stage companies will get to tell investors and mentors what makes their projects special. One of the 12 startups that were awarded this unique opportunity is Moya Aero.

Headquartered in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, the company benefits from the expertise of Alexandre Zaramela, whose experience in aerial vehicle electrification extends over a decade. ACS Aviation, the startup’s parent company, achieved tremendous milestones.

Back in 2015, it launched the first manned electric aircraft that was built and operated in the Southern Hemisphere (the SORA-e). Together with Chinese aviation authorities, ACS also obtained the first certification of a Light Sport Aircraft in China.

The location is important for the company’s ambitious vision for the future. It sits at the center of Latin America’s aerospace industry corridor. Brazil itself stands out in the region as a country with a globally acclaimed aeronautical tradition.

Moya Aero wants to continue this tradition by adding a new direction, that of cargo drone transportation. Its flagship, the Moya eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) is being heralded as the first autonomous, all-electric, high-capacity cargo drone in the entire Southern Hemisphere.

So far, all we know about this trailblazing drone is that its primary role will be high-efficiency crop dusting for agriculture, but it can also be configured for general logistics. As far as dimensions, it combines a five-meter length (16.7 feet) with a wingspan of seven meters (23 feet).

Performance-wise, the Moya eVTOL can cover 110 km (68 miles) on a single charge, while carrying 200 kg (441 bs) of cargo. When it comes to agricultural activities, this payload capacity would be the equivalent of 160 liters (42 gallons). In other words, Moya is built to become a high-capacity alternative to existing drones for cargo operations.

Techstars believes that the Moya eVTOL has a revolutionary potential in logistics that extends past Latin America. Together with the other startups that were selected, Moya Aero will participate in a three-month mentorship program in Los Angeles.
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About the author: Otilia Drăgan
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Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
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