ELECTRA.AERO, Inc. is a next-gen aerospace company leading the way in sustainable urban and regional mobility. The company is building environmentally friendly electric, ultra-short take-off and landing (eSTOL) airplanes that fly people and cargo quieter, further, and more affordably.
Electra’s eSTOL aircraft use a proprietary hybrid-electric propulsion system, where batteries and a small turbine-powered generator work together to drive electric motors distributed across the wing, giving the aircraft its unique ability to operate out of small spaces as small as 300×100 feet. The aircraft is currently being designed to transport up to 1800 lbs of cargo or move 5 to7 passengers about 500 miles, operable in all weather conditions. Batteries are recharged mid-flight, eliminating the need for new ground charging infrastructure and enabling quick flight turnaround in diverse environments.
A steep take-off and landing profile enables access in tight urban spaces and landing directly at a destination, leading to the elimination of hubs. Electra’s team includes some of the most respected and successful entrepreneurs and engineers in novel aircraft design, and its technology development is supported by NASA and the US Air Force. To learn more, visit our website at www.electra.aero.
Much of the conversation on advanced air mobility has focused on urban air mobility leveraging eVTOL aircraft. However, taking off and landing vertically requires large amounts of power that limit the payload and range capability of this class of aircraft to short, urban routes.
Electric propulsion enables re-thinking another class of aircraft though – ultra-short takeoff and landing aircraft. Distributing propulsors along the full span of the wing enables taking off and landing in as little as 300x100ft (90x30m) compatible with urban settings and reaching much longer range to provide regional city to city connectivity. The presentation will explore market opportunity, Electra’s eSTOL aircraft design, as well as highlighting performance benefits of eSTOL vs. eVTOL.
As Director of Strategy, Diana focuses on the definition of Electra’s future products in collaboration with Electra’s ecosystem partners. Prior to joining Electra, she led the commercial programs team at Aurora Flight Sciences, where she and her team developed and flight tested sub-scale and full-scale eVTOL prototypes targeted at the Urban Air Mobility market.
In addition to prototyping, Diana has experience in aviation product development and aftermarket services via her roles in systems engineering for MBDA, product engineering for Lufthansa-Technik. She was also a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with corporate customers on executing strategy and venture programs. Diana holds an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia.