UK-based EVTOL start-up ARC Aerosystems completes proof of concepts

ARC Aerosystems has completed full transition tests for the ARC C150 on the full scale prototype, having previously completed hover test and full transition on a half-scale prototype.

The C150 design features conventional wings combined with multirotor propulsion, which combines key elements of both helicopters and small aeroplanes, and offers greater reliability, efficiency and lower emissions.

Transition testing is one of the most crucial aspects for VTOL crafts, proving the C150 is able to move smoothly from vertical to horizontal flight to allow for both vertical take-off and landing and conventional flight.

It can transport 30 kg of cargo up to 400 km, including delivery of vital medical supplies, blood and organ transport, as well as last-mile parcel delivery and forestry missions.

Studies show that 50% of customers in the logistics industry are willing to pay for same-day delivery, of which 70% are residential and 30% are commercial customers. ARC UAV applications include:

  • Delivery to offshore facilities such as ships, wind turbines, oil platforms
  • Delivery of vital medical supplies to remote areas
  • Just in time delivery in manufacturing of urgent required goods
  • Transportation of high value or time sensitive items between Free Zones
  • Transportation of high value or time sensitive items to remote areas

ARC is now moving towards securing the final stages of certification to allow this product to enter a market expected to grow to $51.18 billion in 2031 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22%, and with an ever-growing focus on environmental sustainability, crafts such as these will play a significant role.

ARC Aerosystems has a group of experts in the fields of aerodynamics, aircraft design and propulsion systems working together to develop a range of products that will redefine the air travelling experience. The prototypes have features that are non-existent in any existing plane with technology that is electric or hybrid.

Kevalya Sheth

Kevalya is an innovative aerospace engineer passionate about unmanned aerial systems, and sustainable civil aviation. He holds a Master’s in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he gained experience in UAV design and aerodynamic analysis. Kevalya has over two years of experience at NewSpace Research and Technologies (Bengaluru, India), contributing to UAV design, testing, and AI integration for swarm drone operations. He played a key role in the first tandem wing UAV in India. With experience in aircraft design, structural analysis, aerodynamics, and flight testing, Kevalya brings valuable skills in cutting-edge aerospace projects involving unmanned systems and sustainable aviation.