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Zuri eVTOL: “More than just a cool name”

By Chris Stonor

Zuri, a Prague, Czech-based company, founded in 2017, has a lot going for it apart from its “cool name”.

Steadily progressing to its first-scale model in May 2018, followed by a proof of concept model three months later, a big break came when later that year, private equity firm, Pale Fire Capital, invested over EUR600k into the company, reports

In 2019, the company expanded its team, announced (an online budget travel platform) as a strategic partner, and began trials for its one-seater prototype along with scale-model wind tunnel testing.

This steady momentum shows a path that should result in test flights of a single-seat prototype later this year with a goal to become one of Europe’s main eVTOL manufacturers for business transport and island hopping.

The aircraft relies on several horizontally and vertically-oriented propulsion sources that enable forward accelerated flight and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.

Zuri Details:

Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL

Powerplant: All-Electric

Range: 700 km

Top Speed: 233 kmph

Propeller Configuration: Powered by 16 independent lift fans for vertical take-off and landing; one rear-facing pusher propeller for forward flight

Passenger/Payload Capacity: Four passengers (including pilot)

Autonomy Level: Autonomous with redundant fly-by-wire system

Wingspan: 11 metres

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