The Jetoptera’s VTOL is jet-inspired and propelled by two powerful blades. Most of the VTOLs feature massive thrusters that allow liftoff, travel, and landing, this is an exception in the case of Jetoptera’s J2000 and J4000 vehicles. Both the vehicles come with bladeless fans or hoops at the front and back. The so-called hoops act as thrusters aided by a fluidic propulsion system (FPS).
The bladeless thrusters maximize the air to generate more thrust and rely on the proprietary FPS system to intake a small flow of compressed air. This is used to suck a much larger volume of ambient air through at speed.Jetoptera’s VTOL is available in two variants, the J-2000 features seats for 2 people, while the J-4000 is the larger variant with a seating capacity for 4 people. Both the vehicles perform identically to how most VTOLs and eVTOLs would, lift off and land vertically like a helicopter while traveling forward like a miniature plane.There is no intention from Jetoptera to produce these two models yet, as the J2000 and J4000 are mere concepts. We will have to wait and watch if these concepts do materialize into real products. The one thing that stands out is its bladeless propulsion system. As the fans are located inside the aircraft, the propellers can be pretty much any shape Jetoptera likes. In the future, we may get to see this propulsion system being used in other aircraft. Currently, the company is in talks with the US Air Force who seem to be very much interested in the technology.Interestingly enough, the J-2000 and J-4000 are just proof-of-concepts. Jetoptera doesn’t intend on producing these vehicles for use and wants to avoid going down the arduous path of certifications and aircraft development. Rather, the eVTOLs we see here are proof-of-concepts for Jetoptera’s secret sauce, its bladeless propulsion system. Unlike most VTOLs that run using propellers, Jetoptera’s propellers aren’t limited to a circular shape due to the rotating fan.Given that the fan is located somewhere within the aircraft, the bladeless propellers themselves can pretty much be any shape Jetoptera likes. I personally think the long, flat, almost-rectangular thrusters lend a uniquely futuristic touch to the aircraft. Jetoptera hopes to perfect this propulsion system and build it for other aircraft manufacturers. It’s currently in talks with the US Air Force that’s really interested in the technology.