UK's Vertical Aerospace unveils footage of eVTOL aircraft using F1 technology

Vertical Aerospace has announced it has unveiled flight footage of an eVTOL aircraft capable of carrying 250kg, the company said.

The prototype, named Seraph, completed its maiden flight at Llanbedr Airfield in Wales on August 22. It follows the successful flight of Vertical Aerospace´s first full-scale prototype in May 2018, the UK´s first eVTOL aircraft to be granted flight permission by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The Seraph was built to test new technologies and systems for integration into Vertical Aerospace´s upcoming passenger model, due to be unveiled next year. The aircraft is capable of carrying loads of up to 250kg and can reach speeds of up to 80km per hour. The aircraft develops concepts from their first aircraft and builds in capabilities which will be critical for eVTOL aircraft seeking certification from aviation authorities.

The successful test flight comes as Vertical Aerospace announces the acquisition of MGI, an F1 engineering consultancy led by British motorsport veteran Mike Gascoyne. Gascoyne and his team of 20 specialists will form Vertical Advanced Engineering, bringing the total Vertical team to more than 70.

Vertical Aerospace is building technology and aircraft to revolutionise how people fly. Its mission is to make air travel personal, on-demand and carbon free.