Jetoptera, a Seattle-based propulsion system, drone, and aerial mobility startup, is working on an innovative vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept modeled on Dyson’s “bladeless fan” design. Could the design lead to quieter, more efficient VTOL vehicles for future carbon-free travel?
out, almost every VTOL design looks like some kind of scaled-up drone, with huge fans that blast downward to help create upward thrust. Jetoptera’s J-2000, however, is an entirely different beast. The aircraft looks like an Indycar or Formula One auto body mounted with rectangular thruster modules, with each thruster containing a “bladeless fan” system that Jetoptera has named the fluidic propulsion system(FPS).