MightyFly unveils 3rd generation Cento aircraft
New eVTOL offers improved operational efficiency through MightyFly’s Autonomous Load Mastering System
MightyFly unveiled the third generation of the Cento aircraft, an autonomous hybrid eVTOL cargo aircraft designed to carry one hundred pounds of cargo for six hundred miles.
"The new eVTOL incorporates several novel features including a sleek design that enables operational efficiency, the ability to accommodate a wide range of payload centre of gravity, autonomous centre of gravity determination and a larger cargo bay," says an official release.
"The new eVTOL will also present improved operational efficiency through MightyFly’s Autonomous Load Mastering System (ALMS) component, which will enable the aircraft to autonomously open and close its cargo bay door, receive and eject packages into and from the cargo bay opening, move and secure packages in the cargo bay via an internal positioning and locking system, and sense and compute weight and balance."
MightyFly’s third generation aircraft has been designed to accommodate a relatively large range of payloads’ centre of gravity, which allows for a high degree of variance in cargo contents, densities, constitutions, loading order, and tie-down positions, the release added. "The enlarged cargo bay will allow the delivery of larger packages and goods, including the traditional cooler boxes used to transport donor organs for transplantation and blood bags. It will also benefit additional use cases and businesses in the industries of logistics, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, and oil and gas, as well as organisations performing humanitarian and disaster relief work, and government’s defence teams executing various logistics and resupply missions."
Manal Habib, Co-Founder and CEO, MightyFly says: “We are very excited to show everyone the tremendous work and ingenuity performed by the MightyFly team throughout the last year, and to unveil the 2024 Cento that couples innovation with efficiency in design, maintenance, and operation, bringing to the world the key to transform the expedited logistics market. MightyFly’s new eVTOL will revolutionise industries such as manufacturing, retail, and healthcare, and will transform life in rural and remote areas. All of us at MightyFly are extremely excited to be working at the forefront of a new era of automation and innovation.”
Tim Draper, Founding Partner, Draper Associates adds: “How exciting to see the 2024 Cento come to life! A few months ago, I saw the team working on its design and starting to manufacture its first parts. The vehicle you see today is a testimony of MightyFly’s talent, creativity, innovation, and decades of industry expertise. This technology will help save lives and solve painful logistics needs of businesses around the globe."
MightyFly concluded production of its third generation aircraft in early January 2024, and will begin its aircraft qualification tests, which include a test plan previously followed for its predecessor aircraft, in February, the release added.