Electric-powered VTOL aircraft will perform US military missions

WASHINGTON — The US military is evaluating the capabilities of a new aircraft for critical cargo, military, and medical missions, but powered by electricity, thus producing zero operational emissions. This was announced by the U.S. Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center on its official Twitter account.

Electric-powered VTOL aircraft will perform US military missions
Photo credit: Twitter

The Beta Alia is an electrically powered aircraft whose main and defining feature is its ability to take off and land vertically. According to the electric plane’s designers, the BETA company, Alia was inspired by the Arctic tern and its ability to migrate from continent to continent. BETA says their aircraft has a design that allows it to be flown in a very efficient manner.

The American pilot Major Wes Ogden was the first to pilot and evaluate the capabilities of Beta Alia, the stay in the air was more than an hour and a half, and served to evaluate the characteristics and qualities of control in conventional (aircraft) mode. From the U.S. The Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center says these were the first tests, but not the last. Further tests, which will take place in the coming days, will evaluate the full capabilities of vertical landing and take-off.

Electric-powered VTOL aircraft will perform US military missions
Photo credit: Beta

The assessment of the aircraft’s capabilities is not the only thing that captures our attention. The US military says that alongside Beta Alia’s flight and technology capabilities, data sharing and processing with AFWERX, a Technology Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is also being evaluated, thereby providing guidance for defined, charting, and crafting future missions, be it military or medical.

Beta Alia is powered by a distributed, direct-drive dielectric motor. Its wingspan is 50 ft and its range is 250 miles or over 460 kilometers. It charges extremely quickly – up to 50 minutes. It can carry a load of 200 Ft ^3.

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