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LSA Alliance Opportunity Using NASA-Proven Technology to Rule the Personal eVTOL Mkt


Veteran A-team achieves mega-quiet, ultra-compact design with cruise speeds up to 160 mph and range over 300 miles.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- A remarkable new mode of personal mobility is being introduced by Applied eVTOL Concepts. The Epiphanytm Transporter evokes childhood dreams of Aladdin's Magic Carpet, providing fast, door-to-door, airborne transportation with VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) capability. In lieu of long, burdensome wings, the compact advanced vehicle configuration vaunts morphing, dual-mode, NASA-tested ducted thrusters enabling it to hover like a helicopter, and attain efficient high-speed cruise flight like an airplane.

Key to its impressive utility and vast potential commercial appeal is its predicted 300+ mile-range; exciting 160-mph top speed; and exceptionally quiet, neighbor-friendly sound (< 60 dB @ 50'). The Epiphany Transporter can accommodate two people, their luggage, plus golf clubs! Intended to be simple and safe to operate, and about the size of a Tesla Model 'S' automobile, it easily fits into a standard one-car garage with its thrusters folded up. 

Originally developed under a $5.1 million DARPA grant, the NASA-proven ducted thrusters have undergone over a quarter-century of refinement through full-scale flight testing in wind tunnels and several prototype manned vehicles. According to Michael Moshier, Founder, CEO and Lead Designer of Applied eVTOL Concepts, "We have every reason to believe in the ability of our proprietary, field-proven ducted thrusters, and leading-edge vehicle design, to perform in flight as expected". 

Joined at the hip with Rob Bulaga, the project's Chief Engineer and Senior Aerodynamicist, the Moshier-Bulaga team previously worked together on their ducted fan powered SoloTrek XFV aircraft, a one-person, strap-on, gas-fueled, personal flying machine. In 2001, the device won Time Magazine's 'Invention-Of-The-Year' award, along with many other world-wide accolades, and it remains on permanent display at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California.

Now the team's focus is on personal eVTOL aircraft for UAM (Urban Air Mobility) using advanced-technology electric motors and batteries. The CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) computer model, developed by Bulaga, has been refined over the last 25 years. "Today, it consistently and accurately predicts our thruster performance within 2% of real-world testing", says Bulaga.

The Epiphany Transporter is the result of an intense alliance between the two men over the last several years working in virtual stealth mode. Similar to the vehicle's "distributed" propulsion design, their world-class, co-development partners are distributed in locations around the globe, working collaboratively towards the full-scale manned prototype machine.

With a total part count of less than 350, the Epiphany Transporter has been designed from the get-go for rapid production. Its 100% carbon-fiber monocoque fuselage and ducted thrusters, along with most of its other custom parts, are all outsourced to world-class partner vendors. Final assembly is efficient and cost-effective requiring no fixtures, jigs, conveyers, autoclaves, paint booths, heavy machinery, nor other major CAPEX, and with only minimal requirements for headcount, facility size, and power.

About Applied eVTOL Concepts. The development-stage company has successfully integrated ("Applied") its proven propulsion technology, with its breakthrough aeronautical design and engineering. With that work essentially complete, the company seeks a collaborative joint-venture with a strategic, aerospace-industry partner to take the lead and expedite the prototype-build, testing and LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) certification under the FAA's new simplified and relaxed program for personal eVTOL aircraft. Thereafter, introducing the Epiphany Transporter to a long-waiting, and eager worldwide marketplace.

Please visit www.epiphanytransporter.com to learn more. The Epiphany Transporter Development Report is being made available to potential partners, and includes instructions on how to contact the company. A press kit is available to news and media organizations.

SOURCE Applied eVTOL Concepts


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