The Czech Zuri aircraft took off successfully

The four-year startup project got to the stage when the plane first took off and when another 1.3 million euros appeared in the project. In September 2021, the first test of the Zuri aircraft took place at the airport in Zbraslav, it rose to a height of three meters. The first flight test was largely successful, mainly about the ability to hang in the air, but a few things failed to complete for technical reasons. Therefore, according to the company’s founder Michal Illich, another flight test was to take place by the end of the year.

At the same time, a completely new aircraft called the Zuri 2.0 is about to be unveiled.

The novelty should differ from the currently tested model mainly by better aerodynamics and closer to the final series. However, the development of the new generation will require additional funding, which Zuri sought from investors in the latest round of financing. In the end, it managed to raise 1.3 million euros, ie about 33 million crowns. The total amount of investments in the company thus increased to almost 70 million crowns.

But in turn… Zuri is an electric aircraft with a vertical takeoff and landing and a range of up to 700 kilometers. The technology counts not only with electric motors, but also with a turbine and a generator. This generator will be able to power electric motors and recharge batteries, which should allow the aircraft to achieve more flight hours and at the same time be able to fly at speeds in the hundreds of kilometers per hour.

The workshops in Kralupy nad Vltavou and now Hostivice have been working on the project since 2017, during which time Zuri created about five models in sizes from two to three meters, one five-meter and one demonstrator with a span of eleven meters. And it is he who has passed the first flight test. The machine works with eight rotors located in front of and behind the wings of the aircraft. Other propellers adorn the tail of the fuselage, which is then followed by a flat tail remotely resembling a classic spoiler at the car.

The newly raised money will be used primarily to expand the team to 20 to 25 people. Illich originally planned to reach out to foreign partners with the investments, but in the end the first wave was mainly about Czech money. Investments from abroad should probably come next year. The aircraft version 2.0 was to be unveiled in 2021, but on the web Zuri.com I didn’t find out about it. The money raised could then significantly accelerate development, which is Illich’s main wish. That’s why he thinks about crowdfunding.

There is still a long way to go to the finals of the whole project, but Michal Illich proves step by step that a machine can be created in our country that has a chance to stand up to the biggest players one day. We are proud to be part of it.

Technodat supplies the 3DExperience digital cloud platform to the Zuri project, enabling the team to collaborate effectively in development, communicate and incorporate design changes and innovate agilely.

Processed according to the news on the company’s website Technodat.


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