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The Cavorite X7

Faster, farther, more efficient

The Cavorite X7 prototype can take off vertically, but once in flight our patented HOVR wing system reverts to the configuration of a conventional airplane.

That means it will be able to go faster and farther — while carrying more people or cargo — than other vertical takeoff and landing aircraft born of more traditional helicopter designs.

The aircraft

Range
Horizon Cavorite X7[1]
800 km
Lilium Jet[4]
Archer Midnight[3]
Joby Aviation S4[2]
Ehang 216[5]
0 km
200
400
600
800
Speed
Horizon Cavorite X7[1]
450 km
Lilium Jet[4]
Archer Midnight[3]
Joby Aviation S4[2]
Ehang 216[5]
0 km
200
400
600
Useful Load
Horizon Cavorite X7[1]
680 km
Lilium Jet[4]
Archer Midnight[3]
Joby Aviation S4[2]
Ehang 216[5]
0 km
200
400
600
800
People
Horizon Cavorite X7[1]
yellow
yellow
yellow
yellow
yellow
yellow
yellow
7
Lilium Jet[4]
white
white
white
white
white
white
white
7
Archer Midnight[3]
white
white
white
white
white
5
Joby Aviation S4[2]
white
white
white
white
white
5
Ehang 216[5]
white
white
2

HOVR: our patented technology

The best of both worlds

The Cavorite X7’s unique fan-in-wing design combines the agility and versatility of a helicopter with the speed and strength of a conventional aircraft.

Within the transforming wings are 14 powerful lift fansthat provide the required thrust for vertical takeoff.

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Upon reaching a safe altitude and 115km/hr, sliding panels hide the fans, and the X7 flies like a normal plane.

For landing, it can use a normal runway, or the fans can be deployed to touchdown on a helipad, or an area the size of a tennis court.

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Sustainable

A cleaner future starts now: using current technology the Cavorite X7 can operate with up to 30% less hydrocarbon emissions than conventional aircraft conducting similar operations. As battery technologies evolve, the aircraft can become fully electric.

Safe

Engineered for maximum safety in all weather, with flight into known icing conditions as a certification goal. Deploying 14 highly redundant lift fans in hover, multiple failures can be tolerated to little effect: our prototype has hovered with 30% of the fans disabled.

Economical

Our conservative simulations indicate the Cavorite X7 could offer as much as 30% lower direct operating costs than a helicopter conducting a similar regional transport mission. And it will be able to move people and cargo at almost twice the speed of a traditional helicopter.

Specifications
7
Passengers
(6 + 1 pilot)
15 m
Wingspan
(50 ft)
11.6 m
Length
(38.0 ft)
2.8 m
Height
(9.2 ft)
PERFORMANCE
2,500 kg
Maximum gross weight
(5,500 lbs)
680 kg
Vertical takeoff
(1500 lbs)
815 kg
Conventional takeoff
(1,800 lbs)
Gas + Electric
ENERGY
450 km/h
Maximum cruising speed
(250 knots)
800 km
Maximum range
(500 miles)
with reserve fuel, mid load
1,450 km
Maximum ferry range
(900 miles)
IFR + VFR
All Weather Operation
  1. Performance estimates for the Cavorite X7 are based on extensive computational fluid dynamics estimates.
  2. Joby Aviation, Production Launch Investor Presentation, June 2023.
  3. Archer Aviation, “Aircraft” on main web page, www.archer.com, October 2023.
  4. Lilium, Company Presentation, www.lilium.com, January 2024.
  5. Ehang, www.ehang.com, October 2023.