Londoners will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with an eVTOL aircraft next week, when U.K.-based Vertical Aerospace puts its Seraph prototype on public display.
The aircraft will be showcased all day Thursday, Jan. 30 outside the Canary Wharf Underground Station in London. Engineers from the company will be on hand to answer questions.
According to Vertical Aerospace communications manager Verity Richardson, the display is the start of the company’s efforts to promote public acceptance of eVTOL technology.
“We feel that the public very much sees this as cool technology when they see news pieces, but not that it’s going to happen any time soon,” she told eVTOL.com. “We want to raise awareness that this will be coming soon and that it could significantly positively impact their lives and cities.”
The fully electric Seraph performed its maiden flight in Wales on Aug. 22, 2019. Capable of carrying loads up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and reaching speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), the aircraft was built to test new technologies and systems for integration into an upcoming passenger model, targeted at urban air mobility applications.
Richardson told eVTOL.com last year that the company’s next prototype will likely look much different, as “we want to be able to do intercity journeys, and for that you do really need a winged aircraft.”