Orca Aerospace and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) have signed a MoU to research and develop an eVTOL air ambulance aircraft.
While the Orca eVTOL is being designed primarily for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), it can also be reconfigured for multiple missions including personal air vehicle use, air taxi service and other commercial usage. The aim is to have the first flight test results of the subscale demonstrator before the end of this year.
The proposed EMS craft is powered by 7 electric motors “with 4 propellers exclusively for VTOL flight, 2 tilt-rotor propellers for VTOL and forward flight, and 1 pusher propeller for forward flight.” The cruise speed is to be around 296 km/h. The estimated range is 110-130 km. The aircraft can transport up to 3 persons (1 pilot, 1 patient, 1 EMS personnel).