Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC (AirSpaceX), a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp. (DAC), has revealed a sub-scale model of its autonomous, electric VTOL aircraft, “MOBi-ONE,” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the company said.
MOBi-ONE is designed to autonomously takeoff like a helicopter, fly like a plane, and transport passengers or cargo between urban centers, suburbs, and airports within 60 miles. MOBi-ONE will fly at a top speed of 250 MPH leveraging existing Electric Vehicle (EV) architecture and autonomous technologies.
Recent advances in electric propulsion, automation, and lightweight materials now make the development of this new class of aircraft possible.
MOBi-ONE was designed and built by Detroit Aircraft Corp. at Detroit City Airport. AirSpaceX teamed with Camilo Pardo, renowned as the chief designer of the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT, in MOBi-ONE´s design. Pardo and Rimanelli began working together in 2011, prototyping and developing several VTOL concepts over the years.
Upon completion of engineering packages, a full-scale aircraft will be manufactured, undergo Part 27 Certification, and be operated by AirSpaceX.
Founded in 2011 to design pilot-optional aircraft systems for military and commercial applications, DAC has designed and licensed a series of multi-rotor aircraft for commercial data collection and package delivery. DAC provided contract manufacturing, testing, marketing, sales, training, and MRO for a US Defense Contractor, and has built more than 70 small electric VTOL aircraft since 2013. In 2015, DAC identified an automotive EV architecture making large-scale multi-rotor aircraft feasible for cargo and passenger transportation. AirSpaceX, a subsidiary of DAC, was founded to fund manufacturing and certification of MOBi-ONE.