Kelekona’s eVTOL drone-bus aims to conquer the American skies

Forget the traditional taxis, the subway and the classic road buses: the air transport revolution has begun! Thanks to an idea by the American company Kelekona, the American sky in the near future will be crossed by a drone-bus capable of transporting us from one city to another . From its realization with the 3D printer to the futuristic design, the project is innovative in every respect.

Drone-bus is ready to conquer in American skies
Drone-bus is ready to conquer in American skies

Features and costs of the first American drone-bus

The drone-bus is an eVTOL, i.e. Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing and is an idea of ​​the American start-up Kelekona. At the moment we are only talking about prototype and the designers have declared that it will come to life no earlier than 2024. The founder of the start-up, Braeden Kelekona, exposed in an interview with Digital Trends the importance of creating a real air bus with transport capacities significantly higher than those of a drone .

The airspace of New York is very small, it never made sense for us to create small aircraft capable of carrying up to six people. There is a need for a means similar to the public ones we rely on here in the city.

Braeden Kelekona, at Digital Trends

Although eVTOL is still in the implementation phase, the creators have innovative and well-defined ideas. As for the design they have thought of something absolutely futuristic and avant-garde, the prototype is in fact a mix between an airship and a flying saucer with eight propellers for flight. To power the aircraft there will be 3.6 megawatt hour electric batteries. Kelekona's minds thought of a 30-minute city-to-city connection time. From New York to neighboring locations you can travel at a cost of only 85 dollars (the same as a train).

Evto drone-bus arriving in America
EVTOL drone-bus arriving in America. Source: Ansa

The possibility of connecting Boston, Washington and the Californian coast is not excluded. The critical factor of the project is safety. To meet EASA FAA safety requirements and standards, the prototype cannot have a load greater than 4.5 tonnes , and must have an independent propulsion system. To avoid air accidents due to other unknown aircraft or with birds, the drone-bus must be equipped with a detection system consisting of cameras and radar.

Kelekon: what is expected for the future

Kelekona has great prospects for the future. First of all, it aims to expand the routes to be connected. Not only American cities but also European countries! One possibility is to connect London and Paris. Secondly, there is the possibility of using eVTOL for the transport of goods . There would be a great advantage in connecting hubs with warehouses. In this case the maximum transport capacity would be 12 L9N containers or 24 LD3 containers. A third perspective is to also support the military and the US military.

From 1916 to the present day: constantly evolving drones

While the whole world was facing the First World War in 1916, Aerial Target was born, the first remote-controlled drone thanks to radio control techniques. A long way has come since this first creation and the evolution of drones has never stopped. Initially they were used only in armies, but over time they became part of various fields, from agriculture to construction, and have had an exponential diffusion thanks to the permits issued by the FAA The Federal Aviation Administrator in this way has given way free to the so-called "commercial drones". In the future it is planned to use them in emergency situations for first aid or to transport goods of primary importance to areas that are difficult to reach.

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