Airspace X reveals Vtol at NAIAS


Introducing AirsSpaceX' MOBi-ONE. (PRNewsfoto/Detroit Aircraft Corp.)

Detroit Aircraft Corp subsidiary Airspace X has unveiled a new Vtol concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

A small-scale model of the new MOBi-ONE Vtol was presented on the show floor. Early specifications show a max speed of 250 mph, a 60 mile range, and full electric propulsion. The aircraft will be able to fly both passenger and cargo operations.

The MOBi-ONE is designed by Camilo Pardo, an established automobile designer who has worked on the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT. This is his first aircraft design.

“MOBi-ONE will offer clean, quiet and connected on-demand air mobility to the mass travelling public at an affordable price,” says Jon Rimanelli, founder and CEO of Detroit Aircraft and AirSpaceX. “Our vision is to mass-produce aircraft leveraging lean automotive design and mass production techniques so our vehicles are affordable to the travelling public.”

The manufacturer is now looking for finance to fund this mass production and roll-out, and is also considering fractional ownership schemes for the Vtol. Airspace X is looking to have 2,500 MOBi-ONEs flying in 50 different countries by 2026 and is looking to roll out in areas with good rotary infrastructure.

“There is an urgent need for innovation in urban mobility, and I believe on-demand air mobility will go a long way toward reducing pressure on roads while improving the quality of life for commuters on the ground,” said Rimanelli.