SkyDrive introduces ultra-compact, zero-emission aircraft at CES 2022
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Tokyo-based aero-tech startup SkyDrive has unveiled its SD-03, an ultra-light and compact aircraft that recently completed piloted flight tests. This is the first time the company has shown its full-size SD-03 outside of Japan.
SkyDrive’s electric VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Land) aircraft is emission-free and designed for stability. This vehicle enables safe and fast door-to-door transport anywhere, including emergency rescue operations. An SD-05 model is currently being actively developed and is being considered for use as an air taxi for the World Expo 2025 in Osaka. SkyDrive is the first and only aircraft developer to achieve this milestone in Japan after SkyDrive recently promoted commercialization with the acceptance of the type-certification application for SD-05 by the Japanese Ministry of Transportation.
“The SD-03 model is the culmination of our expertise in drone and aerodynamic engineering,” said SkyDrive COO Takehiro Sato. “What we want to see in the future is SkyDrive zero-emission vehicles take off and land from your parking lots and helipads on buildings, making door-to-door flights a realistic option for everyday city traffic. We are working harder and faster than ever to make this unique mobility revolution a reality. “
On January 3rd, SkyDrive exhibited a miniature model of the SD-03 at CES in Las Vegas. From January 5th to 7th, a full-size SD-03 will be on display in the J-Startup Pavilion in Eureka Park so that participants can climb on board.
SkyDrive was founded in July 2018 and has since continued its evolution into flying cars and cargo drones to work towards a future where people can use air mobility as a means of transportation in their daily lives.
Read more about urban air mobility, urban air mobility infrastructure and flying cars.
Ian attended the Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he now contributes to DroneLife.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional marketplace for drone services, and a passionate observer of the emerging drone industry and regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has written over 3,000 articles on the commercial drone field and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for emerging technologies.
For advice or writing on the drone industry, email Miriam.
Subscribe to DroneLife here.