The California-based company Jump Aero recently revealed the design and specifications of the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for emergency response. The aircraft is named JA1 Pulse and already has interested buyers.
The eVTOL takes off vertically like a helicopter and has room for one person, meaning that the pilot will also be the first responder. However, because of simple controls, the pilot would not need extensive training. With its low response time, the Pulse will be especially beneficial for helping patients in rural areas.
Regarding the specifications, the JA1 Pulse will be able to reach a maximum speed of 250 knots (288 mph or 463 kph) and transport a maximum weight of the pilot and equipment of 330 lbs (150 kg). Moreover, it is calculated that every location within a 31-mile (50 km) radius would be reachable in less than eight minutes. A total of eight motors will be powered through eight batteries, and the aircraft will be able to land on slopes up to 10 degrees. As for the equipment and supplies, the Pulse will have onboard lifesaving equipment, including a heart monitor, an automated CPR machine, and an oxygen supply.
While the goal is not to replace ambulances, in a case where advanced life support is necessary, both an ambulance and a Pulse would be dispatched. This eVTOL has already been developed since 2019. It is still unknown when the Pulse will be available, and no price has been disclosed. However, according to the company, their first commercial client is Denmark-based Falck Ambulance Services.
As said in a statement by the CEO of Falck, Jakob Riis, “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,”