This eVTOL has a detachable lift system: it engages and disengages only for takeoffs and landings
One of the biggest difficulties in building an eVTOL transport vehicle is … the eVTOL. His vertical take-off and landing system is the one that consumes the most resources and power. Not only to perform these maneuvers, but also in the air while the vehicle is flying since it is an extra load to carry and that breaks the aerodynamics of the vehicle as a whole. Talyn proposes a somewhat different solution: ditch the lift system once in the air and retrieve it before hitting the ground.
Talyn is a startup that has been founded by former SpaceX engineers and its maximum commitment is to change what we understand as eVTOL. They propose a simple and powerful electric plane that also has eVTOL capabilities thanks to a removable platform.
The vehicle therefore It is made up of two parts: Talyn Lift and Talyn Cruise. The first of these is a vertical lifting system composed of eight rotors mounted on four coaxial frames. It connects to the top of Talyn Cruise, which is the one that flies horizontally only and transporting people.
When taking off the two parts are coupled and it is Lyft who is in charge of the task of airing the whole. Once in the air Cruise picks up his wheels and starts engines for horizontal flight. At a certain point, Lyft takes off and returns to base. At the end of the journey, a Lyft from the destination base comes to the aid of the Cruise to dock and proceed to land.
A promising eVTOL and many technical challenges ahead
The Cruise for its part promises to transport up to five passengers to a speed of up to 322 km / h for around 480 kilometers of autonomy. It is a brutal autonomy, and in part it is possible because it is a lighter aircraft and does not consume much of its energy on takeoff and landing. Also, the Cruise can land like a normal plane if there is no Lyft available and there is a long enough runway.
Nonetheless, at the moment there is a lot of work ahead. In concept videos the idea may sound incredible, but we will have to see how they solve it in reality. The anchoring and undocking system seems the most complex here. On the other hand, it will be necessary to see if Lyft (with that apparently so light design) has enough power to lift Cruise and the passengers that he carries inside.
Other proposals to solve this problem have emerged in recent years. One of the most relevant is that of Joby Aviation, that tilts its propellers to use them also in horizontal flight and not only vertical. Joby Aviation, by the way, recently acquired Uber’s flying taxi division. Others like el EHang The the Toyota they are already a reality.