VIMANA Global’s breakthrough technology could potentially turn every journey into an autonomous flight very soon
VIMANA is a gamechanger in the autonomous aerial vehicle business
Tales of men mounting flying devices have existed since the beginning of human civilisation. Stories from ancient Arabia speak of flying carpets (Disney’s Aladdin personifies this in the form of a Magic Carpet), while Tibetan books of Tantyua and Kantyua, as well as translated texts from ancient Egypt and China mention visitors from ‘the other world’, i.e., space.
The Indian sacred texts called Vedas speak of flying ships, or vimanas, which transported ‘gods’ from any place, to any place which they desired. A passage from Ramayana, a Vedic epic that dates back to the fourth/fifth century, B.C. goes something like this:
“…chariot that resembles the sun, that aerial and excellent chariot going everywhere at will, resembling a bright cloud in the sky, and the king got in and the
excellent chariot rose up into the higher atmosphere.”
The extract clearly refers to some sort of a flying vehicle. Vimanas are also described in the Mahabharata, another ancient Indian text.
One really does need to take into account that these stories exist across several geographical areas, some thousands of miles apart, and have more or less the same concept of flight. Speculations on the matter continue,
and unless someone is able to successfully travel back in time to unravel these mysteries, one would never be able to say for sure if flying machines really did exist or were just a figment of imagination.
In present day time, however, is a company that is inspired by these very concepts of ancient flights, and translates them for a modern day environment. Headquartered in California, and with offices in the United States, Middle East, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Russia, VIMANA Global claims to revolutionise the airspace market with its urban air mobility solution, combining blockchain with current airspace technology, and then some.
“There are blockchain companies, and then there are airspace companies. VIMANA is the first blockchain aerospace company,” proudly declares CEO Evgeni Borisov. “We’re doing for aerospace what bitcoin did for the blockchain in 2008. We digitlised the airspace and protocoled the system operations with our knowledge.”
A dominant player in the $1tn blockchain airspace market, VIMANA has designed a breakthrough technology, patented and filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, that allows the company to combine capabilities of an airplane, helicopter, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a single platform, and use blockchain technology to operate its aircraft and enable blockchain applications in the air at the same time. VIMANA’S fleet of vertical take-off and landing autonomous aerial vehicles (VTOL AAVS) are a marvel of aerospace engineering, designed to be localised by smart cities, like Dubai, via licensing deals, to enable local mass production. VIMANA is one of only a handful of aerospace companies in the world that have a flying VTOL AAV prototype that was purpose built for urban use or use as an air taxi, air limo, or as a dual-purpose passenger and cargo air vehicle.
Borisov continues: “In 2015, we got a task from a mining company to create a flying radar for severe conditions, to get seismic data from a gold mine. We involved our crew to create a solution, and suddenly realised that we had found the holy grail of vertical take-off and landing autonomous aerial vehicle industry. We started developing our project then, and once we launched prototype 1, we set up our company in US, and now we’re going to start another company in Europe.”
Evgeni Borisov and the other co-founders come with plenty of corporate, engineering, and venture experience. Borisov himself has more than 15 years of corporate executive experience, including working as marketing director of Toshiba and Phillips. VIMANA is funded with millions of dollars raised from angel investors.
“One of the biggest mistakes in aircraft crashes is human error,” remarks Borisov. “If we delete the human error factor out of this equation, the whole system becomes robust. Nowadays, 5% of the people are capable of being pilots, doing math with their heads and with skilled hands. Our technology employs airspace for 95% of the remaining population, i.e., the passengers.”
In December 2017, Vimana Global announced that it closed a multi-million angel round and kicked off its token generation event (TGE) by opening its white list to qualified entities. The company’s goal is to fund blockchain airspace international development and to assign value to using blockchain airspace. Vimana’s TGE seeks to attract $35mn via the token sale.
“I love the idea of colonising Mars, I love the vivid idea of it,” says Borisov. “But before colonising Mars, we have a space left which is completely inhabited, sort of like an eighth continent—and that’s airspace.”
Borisov recognises the need for smart cities to enact better transportation systems for rapidly expanding populations. He remarks that in cities like Moscow, where sometimes the drive to the airport takes longer than the actual flight to your destination, there is simply no space left for expanding the already overburdened road transport system. This is where a technology like VTOL comes into play. VTOL aircrafts can take off, hover, and land vertically, much like a helicopter. VTOL finds favour in today’s landscape given that they can land and take off from anywhere, without requiring too much rework of the existing space.
German VTOL company, Lilium, has already tested a prototype of its five-seat VTOL jet, which will reach speeds of up to 300 km/h. Intel-backed Volocopter—which was previously in talks with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and carried out unmanned test flights in Dubai—had its US debut at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 with its 18-rotor air taxi prototype known as the Volocopter VC200. Airbus too announced the first successful, full-scale test flight of its single passenger, self-piloted, electric VTOL aircraft called Vahana.
So, what makes VIMANA stand out from its competition? Borisov answers: “It’s not only about the breakthrough VTOL, it’s about the next-gen airspace. We’re bringing the airspace to the next league by providing a decentralised air traffic management (ATM), which does not disrupt any of the existing air traffic management systems.” Smart cities like Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore, and Mumbai are expected to deploy a localised version of VIMANA Universe solution, which consists of VIMANA
Evgeni Borisov, CEO & founder, VIMANA Global