Bellwether Industries, a London-based startup, has released footage of a test flight of its half-scale electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
The company defines its eVTOL, named Antelope, as a “volar”—an urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft meant for private use. Antelope features an exceedingly futuristic design with a hidden propulsion system.
Alongside concept images of the Antelope, Bellwether’s website claims “the revolution of transportation is inevitable. Only by breaking the existing transportation system can we [maximize the efficiency of our living environment and enter into a new 3-dimensional lifestyle.”
Bellwether this week released the footage of the first free flight of the half-scale Antelope, which took place in November in Dubai. The sleek “hypercar” can be seen flying several feet above the ground, maneuvering around a grassy field.
Bellwether Industries was founded in 2019 to “provide the most compatible Urban Air Mobility solution for intracity travels with a safe, efficient, and comfortable experience.”
While the price of the final product is yet to be known, Bellwether says it plans to have its full-scale prototype begin flight testing next year.
“We believe that people commuting in the sky is inevitable within the next 10 years. Therefore, we created a volar for anyone to fly anytime and anywhere to any point,” the company said. “The ultimate goal of Bellwether Industries is to build a brand-new 3-dimensional lifestyle and to lead the world toward a more comprehensive urban mobility.”