Whisper Aero wants to make aviation, and the rest of the world, quieter
- Moore told TechCrunch that he came out of Uber with an understanding of “the compelling need” of urban air mobility: a lower noise profile.“If you want to get to scale with delivery drones or eVTOL air taxis, you better be really quiet,” Moore said.
- If delivery drones and air taxis — also known as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — gain the level of market saturation investors are hoping for, cities and neighborhoods are only going to get noisier.That’s the assumption, anyway.
- The company’s already developed a demonstration electric leaf blower that uses its electric ducted fan.
- Whisper has validated that it can fly a 55-pound drone with its electric ducted fan at an altitude of 200 feet that is completely undetectable, at least by noise, from the ground.
- The company also says that many aircraft have speeds that are limited by open rotors (or open propellors), as opposed to ducted.
- Instead of operating at 150 miles per hour, an eVTOL could potentially fly as fast as 300-400 miles per hour.With this new round of funding, Whisper is looking to double their Tennessee-based team, which currently stands somewhere between 10-50 people (they declined to be more specific).
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