Jump Aero has unveiled the first medical crisis-focused electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, while also confirming its very first order.
The new eVTOL design, called the JA1 ‘Pulse’, is designed to help medical professionals arrive at the scene of a rural emergency with critical lifesaving equipment as quickly as possible.
Once built, the Pulse will be capable of dash speeds of 250 knots, making it the fastest form of sustainable personal transportation.
Jump Aero’s aim is to offer the critical eight-minute emergency response window to as wide an area as possible.
The company, which has been developing Pulse since 2019, has also announced that the first full-scale prototype will be partially funded by the United States Air Force (USAF), as well as confirming the first commercial order from Falck Ambulance Services.
Falck has purchased an option for the first commercial delivery of a JA1 Pulse aircraft.
Falck is a global first response business headquartered in Denmark, with 25,000 skilled and experienced professionals working in 26 countries around the world.
Jakob Riis, CEO of Falck said: “Falck is excited to partner with Jump Aero to help us revolutionize the future of emergency services. By enabling professional help to reach hard-to-access locations in a timely manner, Jump Aero will help Falck to deliver improved services to our customers.”
Jump Aero has won $3.6 million in contracts from the USAF to accelerate the company’s technology development.
The latest $1.8 million Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) will be used to fund the first full-scale proof-of-concept prototype.
Lt Col John Tekell, Agility Prime’s Program lead, said: “Jump Aero’s aircraft concept and development strategy focusing on rapid emergency response has potential for defense-related use-cases and is complementary to the other eVTOL programs that the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program has engaged with to date. We look forward to working with Jump Aero to help mature their dual-use technology.”
The JA1 Pulse can fly one trained professional, plus emergency equipment, to unimproved landing zones in rural areas.
Jump Aero is headquartered in Petaluma, California with satellite offices in Santa Paula, California and Chelsea, Massachusetts.