Zuri CEO Michal Illich presented his company’s investment round to interested investors at the Sustainable Skies World Summit in Farnborough. 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.
On April 19th to 22nd Zuri was one of the exhibitors at the AERO Friedrichshafen airshow with a crew composed of skilled engineers and designers. Visitors were able to experience what it would be like to fly the Zuri, either as pilots or as passengers using a simulator and VR headsets.
The exhibit also displayed Zuri’s new 3MV1_NG vertical takeoff aircraft with a wingspan of 3.4 meters and weight of 25 kg, which belongs to the open category of unmanned aircraft.
For Zuri this subscale model is a valuable tool to test the transition between vertical and horizontal mode and verify flight characteristics for the design of the Zuri 5‑seater VTOL. Zuri was part of the AERO Sustainable Aviation Reception.
Prague-based Zuri is developing hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft capable of transporting passengers and cargo at distances up to 700 km, making the Zuri hybrid VTOL significantly different from companies which use electricity exclusively to power their aircraft, thereby limiting the range.
Zuri 2.0 basic parameters
Range: 700 km (435 miles) plus a 30-minute reserve
Cruising speed: 300–350 km/h (186+ mph)
Power units: 8 tilting electric motors
On-board generator: turbine with an electricity generator for powering electric motors and recharging Lithium batteries.
In October 2022, significant changes in the design of the Zuri hybrid eVTOL were made as a result of technology demonstrator tests, subscale models, aerodynamics simulations and complex calculations.