Beta Technologies created Alia eVTOL, inspired by the wings of the Arctic tern, the longest-migrating bird in the world.
Alia eVTOL aircraft developed by Vermont-based Beta Technologies, uses four upward-facing rotors for liftoff and a rear-facing one for forward motion.
Alia will have seating for six passengers, a range of 250 miles (402 km) per charge, a maximum take-off weight of 6,000 lb (2,722 kg) and 5.7 cubic-meter cargo capacity.
Electric flight is here today. Our electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft promises an unprecedented forward leap in energy efficiency and cost savings. But these benefits are just the beginning. Taking a whole systems approach, we will be able to support a variety of missions from virtually anywhere, all in a design that’s just simple enough to be revolutionary.
The Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) is a tern in the family Laridae. This bird has a circumpolar breeding distribution covering the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America (as far south as Brittany and Massachusetts).
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