Astro’s Elroy urban air mobility vehicle to get a new stablemate this summer
Before Dallas-based Astro Aerospace, Ltd (Astro) reveals its new modular, autonomous, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) urban air mobility (UAM) prototype this summer, the company has begun filing patent, design, and trademark applications. The new modular system will add flexibility to Astro’s UAM vehicle lineup and complement the current two-passenger, short-haul “Elroy” model.
The yet-to-be-named modular system prototype will feature an updated proprietary control system, triple redundancy capabilities, improved flight time, increases speed and payload capacity, and a new battery management system. The single platform is designed to fill various roles such as cargo hauling, rescue and medical evacuation, and commercial, business, and military transportation.
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