Kelekona's new concept also proposes a payload capacity of 10,000 lbs (4,540 kg) of cargo, which is huge. The aircraft has a tear shape and eight thrust vectoring fans that would propel it pretty fast. To get from L.A. to San Francisco in one hour, it will need to go at least twice as fast as a conventional helicopter.
Judging from its design, it’s a wingless big aircraft. It looks more like a medium sized-jet in terms of proportions, thus the helipads would also need to be quite spacious for take-off and landing. Going from one city to another on a single charge would be nearly impossible. According to Kelekona, to overcome that issue, it will use swappable batteries.
Given its size, flying in a city filled with air taxis (which will happen sooner or later) would be challenging. For that, the eVTOL will be equipped with stereo cameras and radar sensors. These features combined would give it an extra 100 miles (162 km) of environmental awareness. Therefore it would be possible to detect and avoid other aircraft, uncharted buildings, or weather anomalies.
The company’s final goal is to create a versatile air bus that can not only carry 40 passengers for inter-city flights but also transport cargo, military equipment, soldiers, and even double as an air ambulance when needed. For now, it’s just a concept that we’ll yet have to see take flight.