AMSL Aero’s Vertiia eVTOL is designed to go up to 250 kilometers on electric batteries and up to 1,000 km with a hydrogen fuel cell power train. AMSL Aero is an Australian company that was founded in 2017 by a husband and wife team MrAndrew Moore, who previously worked as an aeronautical engineer at Yamaha, and Ms Siobhan Lyndon, a former director of people operations at Google. They raised USD 23 million in Series B funding last year, and just completed the Vertiia’s first successful test flight.The flight was remote-controlled and tethered, with a prototype aircraft that’s slightly smaller than the planned production version. The Vertiia will have space for five people or up to 500 kilograms of cargo. It will have eight sets of motors and propellers on a box wing design. This design reduces wingtip drag and ups aerodynamic efficiency, meaning the Vertiia’s relatively small size with wingspan is 23 feet shouldn’t stop it from operating smoothly in an urban environment with compact spaces.AMSL plans to store the hydrogen fuel in tanks that connect the ends of the wings. Liquid hydrogen also needs to be stored under pressure and at very cold temperatures, meaning the tanks that hold it will be more complex than conventional jet fuel tanks.Mr Moore and Mms Lyndon are purpose-building the Vertiia for the aeromedical, emergency services, and passenger markets, describing it as a safe aircraft that could ease the burden of traffic congestion, provide greater choice over where people can work and live, improve medical access and patient outcomes for Australia’s rural and remote communities and most importantly, assist in de-carbonizing the transport industry.