On 3 Oct. 2022 Wisk, the joint-venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk founded by Google founder Larry Page, unveiled their latest eVTOL design which, according to the company, is their 6th generation eVTOL design.
The model, which is for now simpled called “generation 6”, is four-seat, fully electric powered, has tilt-rotor configuration with total of 12 propellors 6 of which on the leading edge can tilt for both vertical takeoff and landing as well as cruise while the other 6 propellors on the trailing edge are in fixed position for lift purpose only. The configuration is obviously a divert from their current Cora two-seat demonstrator which has lift+cruise configuration.
An important feature of the design is that it continues the autonomous flight control principle of all Kitty Hakw/Wisk designs. That means that all four seats are for passengers and there will be no pilot nor operator on board.
Wisk plans to apply for type certificate for Generation 6.
The specification of the Wisk’s Generation 6:
- Cruising Altitude: 2500 – 4000 feet above ground level
- Dimensions: <50 foot wingspan
- Range: 90 miles (with reserves) / 144 kilometers
- Cruising Speed: 110-120 knots
- Charge Time: 15 minutes
For an illustration of the operation concept of Generation 6, Wisk presents this video: