The ANN2 “Speeder” twin seater for General Aviation

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THE SCALE DEMONSTRATOR

The present development status of Manta Aircraft ANN2 is represented by 1:3 scale flying models. These are used to test and assess the basic flying characteristics. This will lead also to the fine-tuning of the final configuration of the prototypes, that are expected to fly by 2022.

DIMENSIONS

Overall length: 8.700 m (28.54 ft)
Wingspan: 6.800 m (22.31 ft)
Height: 1.700 m (5.58 ft)

THE SCALE DEMONSTRATOR

The present development status of Manta Aircraft ANN2 is represented by 1:3 scale flying models. These are used to test and assess the basic flying characteristics. This will lead also to the fine-tuning of the final configuration of the prototypes, that are expected to fly by 2022.

Manta Aircraft ANN2
Manta Aircraft ANN2
Manta Aircraft ANN2
Manta Aircraft ANN2
Manta Aircraft ANN2

Recent start-up, Manta Aircraft, based in Lugano, Switzerland, are offering the world a vision of a sleek, elegant and precise hybrid eV/STOL aircraft family that promises so much. Yet, can they deliver?

The company’s Co-Founder, CEO and CTO, is 50 year-old Lucas Marchesini who has pledged “a growing breed” of Hybrid-electric vertical and short take-off aircraft beginning with ANN-1, a single seater for sports aviation enthusiasts and ANN-2, a twin seater for personal air mobility and a platform for utility and first response services. The company states on its website, “The hybrid propulsion allows higher performance in terms of longer endurance and range, and the airplane-like airframe allows for higher speed and climb performance in safer flying conditions.”

Meanwhile, the company’s vision is “to become a forward-edge developer of Advanced Air Vehicles for Regional Air Mobility (AAV/RAM), offering complete aircraft development up to certification, special purpose derivatives and selling hi-tech solutions for personal air mobility.”

And the mission: To offer “Innovative, ready-to-build aircraft for Urban/Regional Air Mobility, which combines the advantages of the vertical (or very short) take-off and landing capability with the speed and long range features of winged aircraft, the silent electric propulsion and the endurance ensured by a turbo-generator. To exploit and offer new advanced technologies in propulsion, energy management, avionics and human-machine interface.”

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In September, the company took the first tentative steps by becoming a member of the Swiss Aerospace Cluster (SAC), while attending the Air Mobility Symposium in Luzern. As for funding, it is unclear whether Manta has attracted any substantial investment. For now, enjoy the graphics and vision, but certainly a company to follow.

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