Vertical Aerospace VX4 Prototype: Advancing eVTOL Technology

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UK-based eVTOL manufacturer Vertical Aerospace is gearing up for a significant milestone with the imminent launch of its second prototype. Scheduled to commence advanced flight tests later this year, this milestone signifies a pivotal moment for the eVTOL industry in 2024.

According to Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of Vertical Aerospace, 2024 marks a defining year for the eVTOL sector. Numerous developers are nearing completion of their final steps toward launching commercial air taxi services.

For Vertical Aerospace, this progress is tied to the flight tests of its flagship aircraft, the VX4, conducted by its second prototype.

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This upgraded version integrates over 60% of the actual technology components that will equip the final commercial product, along with several enhancements.

Faster and quieter than its predecessor, the new VX4 boasts upgraded propellers and Vertical’s proprietary battery technology. Final assembly of this advanced aircraft is nearing completion, paving the way for forthcoming flight tests.

Vertical Aerospace prides itself on its commitment to certification, being one of the few actively pursuing approval from multiple regulators. It received the first-ever Design Organization Approval from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, further demonstrating its dedication to safety and regulatory compliance.

The VX4’s capabilities extend beyond performance, as Vertical Aerospace recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art battery technology facility in Bristol. This facility will produce the 220Wh/kg battery system for its commercial air taxi, underscoring the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

With the VX4 poised to lead the charge in revolutionizing urban air mobility, enthusiasts can anticipate public flight demonstrations later this year at Farnborough and Heathrow, offering a glimpse into the future of transportation.


By Sajda

Sajda is a car enthusiast, however, she is more focused on motorbikes.

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