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Pantuo Aviation Reveals the First Footage of its Prototype Flying Taxi

Jun 15,2022

Chinese eVTOL startup Pantuo Aviation revealed the Pantala Concept H last year, a sleek ducted fan flying taxi concept that draws comparisons to Lilium.

At the time, the lack of specifications and the fact there was no prototype led to speculation in some quarters that Pantuo Aviation may not really have much to show besides its impressive renders.

Now, after a year of hard work, Pantuo Aviation explains in a statement sent to us by email, it has laid those suspicions to rest by revealing a video of T1, the sub-scaled technology demonstrator of the Pantala Concept H.

T1 is a 1/2 scale demonstrator of the Concept H, which Pantuo Aviation announced last year would fly at speeds of over 300 km/h (186 mph) and have a range of 250 km (155 miles). The full-scale all-electric aircraft will use lithium-ion batteries and features 22 large-diameter electric ducted fans rather than open rotors, the company said at the time.

For T1, the main goal is to verify the feasibility of the tandem layout, and ducted fan wing with a distributed propulsion configuration, Pantuo Aviation said. "Through the development of T1, we have also established advanced multidisciplinary simulation capability, and verify the concept's critical aerodynamics, electrical energy system, and flight control design," the company explained in its statement. You can watch the demonstrator in flight in the video below.

Source: interestingengineering

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