LONDON – Just 21 months after receiving $5.1 million seed funding and with only nine months from concept to first flight, MightyFly is unveiling the next generation of its eVTOL aircraft, the MightyFly Cento.
The autonomous cargo transport company has received FAA Certificate of Authorization for long-range flight and will begin testing its’ last-mile’ and ‘middle-mile’ logistics service
About the Cento eVTOL
The Cento is a hybrid, electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft with a cargo capacity of 100 lbs (45 kg), a range of 600 miles (965 km) and a max speed of 150 mph (240 km/hr).
With eight electric vertical lift fans, one forward propulsion propeller, and a high wing carbon fiber airframe, the fully loaded Cento weighs just 355 pounds (161 kg). It measures 13.1 ft by 16.7 ft (4 m by 5 m) taking up a total area that is less than two compact cars.
The Cento is equipped with a 6 ft by 1 ft by 1 ft (1.8 m by 0.30 m by 0.30 m) internal cargo bay able to carry 96 small USPS packages. Cargo is loaded and unloaded by a conveyor belt that operates autonomously.
Because the Cento is equipped with a hybrid powertrain, it does not require recharging between flights. An internal combustion engine recharges the aircraft’s battery while in the air, enabling it to perform multiple consecutive deliveries.
“The traditional hub-and-spoke distribution model doesn’t serve everyone,” said Manal Habib, MightyFly CEO and co-founder.
“We need to be able to adapt to various cargo volumes and expedited timing. Medical companies, just-in-time manufacturing, and retailers that now provide same-day delivery need a faster and more affordable way to get their goods and perishables to the final destination.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the MightyFly Cento a Special Airworthiness Certificate and a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for long-range flights.
This allows the company to operate in a larger airspace (230 square miles) to test the transition from hover to forward flight at medium and high altitudes (up to 5,000 feet).
MightyFly has also been granted an SBIR award by the U.S. Air Force. With no required ground-charging infrastructure and long-range capability, both afforded by its hybrid propulsion, the Department of Defense is in support of its development for military applications.
MightyFly is enabling faster and more efficient logistics with autonomous, hybrid, eVTOL cargo transport aircraft for businesses and governments.
Founded in 2019, with backing from At One Ventures, 500 Startups, Global Founders Capital, Graph Ventures, Halogen Ventures and Side Door Ventures, the company is operating under an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate and Certificate of Authorization.
MightyFly is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and was named a “Top Supply Chain Startup to Watch” in 2022 by Business Insider.