On April 17th, the CEO of Zuri presented at the Sustainable Skies World Summit in Farnborough. Among other information, the CEO opened up Zuri's investment round to interested investors worldwide. Basic information and a form to request a detailed deck can be found HERE
The pre-series-A round is planned to be up to €1.5M, with €400k already secured and received by the company in the last month.
From the outside, the most significant change has been made at the aircraft's rear. Here, instead of a standard tail with a vertical stabilizer, there is now a V-Tail. Such design change will allow for larger propellers and a further increase in the distance between propellers and the ground. Furthermore, using a V-Tail should result in lower aerodynamic drag and help in the plane's overall aerodynamics characteristics.
One of the changes that will affect the passenger version the most is the change in the internal layout. The original VIP and Executive variants, which had different seating arrangements, are now unified into a 1+2+2 scheme.
Minor design changes have also been made to the Cargo version, whose interior space is now better suited for different types of cargo.
Even in the era of high-end virtual prototyping, nothing matches a physical prototype. At ZURI, we are using honeycomb reinforced cardboard to create a cabin interior with all elements such as seats, doors, and control panels.
Such a prototype helps the team create a real-life experience that complements the virtual prototyping. By sitting in a model seat, our lead designer can instantly feel the space, and distance from other elements inside the cabin and can make important decisions about ergonomics.
Key members of the ZURI team discuss work progress in various segments, such as mechanical, electrical, and flight control systems. The current set of live tests aims to verify previous computer simulations and see how the aircraft behaves in real-life conditions. This includes critical parts of the aircraft, such as battery packs and motors.
This video shows critical moments in ZURI’s hybrid VTOL aircraft life. ZURI’s founder and CEO, Mr. Michal Illich, presents all major arguments about our mission and his vision of a regional air mobility future.