ARC Aerosystems has completed its full transition tests for the ARC C150 design. Having previously completed hover test and full transition of their half scale prototype, this new test marks the full transition test of their full-scale prototype for the eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft.
The company’s C150 design features conventional wings combined with multirotor propulsion schemes. This allows it to combine key elements of both helicopters and small airplanes, and offer greater reliability, efficiency and lower emissions.
Now, they have seen clear proof of concept by successfully completing full-transition testing.
Transition testing is one of the most crucial aspects for VTOL crafts - proving the C150 is able to move smoothly from vertical to horizontal flight. This combination allows for both practical vertical take-off and landing and more efficient conventional flight.
To reach this stage, the C150 has undergone four years of evolution and is now ready to move into its final stages of development.
It’s capable of transporting 30kg of cargo up to 400km, with projected use cases including delivery of vital medical supplies, including blood and organ transport, as well as last-mile parcel delivery or forestry missions. The C150 particularly excels when considering its ability to reach remote or hard-to-access areas - shrinking the time spent on logistics and travel.
ARC is now moving towards securing the final stages of certification to allow this product to enter the market, with an already growing interest from a number of key players and future investors.