Designers at Jetson wanted to create a personal eVTOL (electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) aerial vehicle available to consumers. Jetson ONE is the answer – a personal drone that looks like a flying single-seat chair, is built of carbon fiber and aluminum, and is powered by eight electric motors.
Passenger safety is a priority for the Jetson team, and Jetson ONE features a race car inspired spaceframe safety cell design that is lightweight and sturdy thanks to the use of advanced materials in the construction. Jetson ONE can fly safely even if it loses one motor. Other safety enhancements include hands-free hover and emergency functions, and sensors to track terrain and assist in avoiding obstacles.
“It utilizes composite carbon fiber and cutting-edge 3-D printed components, making it an extremely lightweight design,” explained Tomasz Patan, co-founder and chief technology officer of Jetson, and the primary planner behind the Jetson ONE’s technical design and construction. “It is also equipped with many safety features, including a redundant propulsion system and a ballistic parachute. It is a dream to fly.”
Jetson ONE features a high discharge lithium-ion battery that will be fully charged in 2 hours on 110 volts. Flight time is 20 minutes and speeds reach up to 63 mph.
Jetson ONE is delivered to the customer partially assembled. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration classifies aircraft that require the consumer to build more than half as experimental, meaning that the Jetson ONE does not need to be certified, and operators do not need a license to fly it.
“I remember the story ‘The Jetsons’ [a popular American animation from the 1960s], which for many of us was a sign of what was to come in the future,” Mr. Patan said. said “We wanted to create the opportunity of experiencing the very pleasant feeling of flying freely in every direction. As a result, it’s a machine more similar to a water scooter or a quad which can be used in free time – to have fun.”
While the Jetson ONE is currently for recreational use only, the company believes that future uses could include military service, border protection, emergency services, and delivery systems.