Vermont Patent of the Month – January 2022

BETA Air, LLC has been on a mission to develop elegant electric aviation technology. They ultimately want to provide a way to move people and cargo around the world safely, cost-effectively, and with minimal environmental impact. 

They have been conducting extensive R&D to develop a sustainable electric transportation ecosystem. Recently, this development has focused on creating an aircraft that uses fixed pitch flight while still meeting their sustainability, safety, and cost requirements. 

Their aircraft design has a fuselage and a series of light components attached to the fuselage. These components include a lift propulsor which produces lift based on a fixed angle of attack. A pusher component effectively produces forward thrust. This is achieved as a combination of their air-cooled motors, batteries, and inverters which create high torque density. These components are integral to their long distance flight.

Their ALIA-250c aircraft is capable of vertical takeoff and landing and can transition to long-range flight when needed. The craft is electrically powered, using a series of batteries for propulsion. The battery blocks are air cooled and environmentally sealed for enhanced performance.

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