Austrian startup CycloTech has unveiled CruiseUp,an air vehicle that visualizes the benefits of CycloRotor technology and its capability of 360° thrust vectoring within a compact, passenger-oriented design. Based on 15 years of CycloRotor technology development, wind tunnel testing and experience from more than 500 flights of its technology demonstrator, the CruiseUp concept is designed to meet individual air mobility needs expected to emerge next decade.
CruiseUp uses CycloRotors as its electric propulsion system. This system is unique because it encapsulates the moving parts, providing an extra layer of safety for both the environment and the two passengers.“With the dimensions of 6.7m x 3.3m CruiseUp is just 50% bigger than current cars and way smaller than most of the air taxi concepts and thus fits into our domestic environment” says project manager Andrea Marchsteiner.
Developed as part of a feasibility study, CruiseUp provides an outstanding passenger travel experience with maximum comfort, high maneuverability, and a seamless transition from hover to forward flight.
By decoupling the flight path from the vehicle attitude and compensating for gusts in harsh weather conditions, CruiseUp capitalizes on CycloRotors and their unique 360° thrust vectoring capabilities. This allows passengers to travel comfortably within urban, suburban and rural areas. CruiseUp offers a top speed of 150km/h and a range of 100 km, while most megacities and their suburbs are within a 20 km radius.
A key element in the transformation of mobility will be the electrically powered CycloRotor – the new 360° thrust vectoring propulsion system – which enables a compact design, resulting in a small vehicle footprint and highest maneuverability.
“CycloRotors are the entry ticket to the mass market of sustainable aviation with an addressable market of millions of vehicles per year. We make your car fly” says Markus Steinke, Chief Development Officer.