Hyundai presented its S-A2 manned drone

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dron tripulado S-A2

Supernal, Hyundai’s advanced air mobility (AAM) division, presented its latest electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle concept, called S-A2, at CES in Las Vegas. This innovative vehicle represents a significant achievement in Supernal’s strategy to bring to market a safe, efficient and accessible means of air transportation that can carry four passengers and one pilot .

The S-A2 fuses aerospace engineering expertise with Hyundai’s signature automotive engineering prowess. Inspired by the aesthetic design of the Korean brand’s automobiles, this new mode of transportation aims to provide a faster solution to connect urban areas.

Supernal is committed to achieving safety standards comparable to commercial aviation, while seeking to achieve affordable manufacturing of these vehicles. The company has the ambition to launch these eVTOLs on the market in 2028.

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About the S-A2 manned drone

The S-A2 is a V-tail aircraft designed to reach a cruising speed of 190 km/h at an altitude of 450 meters, thus covering the typical needs of urban operations within a radius of 40 to 60 km. Its propulsion system is completely electric and has eight fully tilting rotors. A notable feature is its silent operation, registering only 65 dB during the vertical takeoff and landing phases, and 45 dB during horizontal cruise.

It should be noted that Supernal has prioritized safety, sustainability and passenger comfort in the design of the vehicle. Meeting commercial aviation safety standards, the S-A2 features a robust fuselage structure with redundant components in critical systems such as the powertrain, powertrain, flight controls and engine. The fully tiltrotor configuration allows for unique efficiency in the vertical lift and horizontal cruise phases of flight.

With a focus on quality and cost-effectiveness, the vehicle will be manufactured taking advantage of Hyundai’s series production capacity. Collaboration between Supernal engineering teams and Hyundai car designers has resulted in an S-A2 with a modern and functional design. Different colors and materials distinguish the passenger and pilot sections, and visual cues indicate key points such as vehicle entrances and exits.

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