Impossible Aerospace, a company poised to upend the status quo of aviation with long-range electric aircraft, announced its takeoff from stealth mode to viable product. On the heels of a $9.4 million Series A, Impossible Aerospace has unveiled the US-1, an electric commercial-grade drone with a flight time of up to two hours. The battery life of the US-1 outperforms the approximate 25-minute single-charge flight time of other drones available today and brings it to parity with gasoline-fueled systems.
The US-1 is the first aircraft designed with a “battery-first approach,” which the company says is necessary to enable electric aircraft to compete with conventionally fueled incumbents. It is a product of years of development by a team of world-class engineers, including motor and battery experts from Tesla, SpaceX and other companies.
Impossible Aerospace has already begun selling its first units – equipped with optical and thermal sensors – to firefighters, police departments, and search and rescue teams across the U.S.
“The US-1 is more than just a drone. It’s the first aircraft designed properly from the ground up to be electric, using existing battery cells without compromise,” said Spencer Gore, CEO of Impossible Aerospace. “It’s not so much an aircraft as it is a flying battery, leveraging an energy source that doubles as its primary structure. This is how electric aircraft must be built if they are to compete with conventional designs and displace petroleum fuels in aviation.”
The funding, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, brings the total amount raised by Impossible Aerospace to over $11 million.
Given the growing concern over privacy and national security issues, Impossible Aerospace has confirmed that every US-1 will be engineered and assembled entirely in the U.S. Private customers and the government alike are actively seeking domestic alternatives to internationally-developed aerospace technology, which drives momentum and demand for the US-1.
The US-1 will be available for delivery in late 2018 and sold online.
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