The Project

Ducted Fan Technology combined with hybrid engine power, and modern light weight flight controllers have evolved significantly to the point where a true land and air vehicle capability can now exist as a single unit.

Our initial desktop simulations deliver a practical solution to this challenge. Innovation along with adopting and adapting existing technologies provides our foundation on which to deliver a complete package including a critical novel component that provides significant lift thrust and land based drive.

To help realise its vision of a true human mobility and hybrid flight vehicle design VRCO and Neo X Craft aims to deliver a concept developed in conjunction with the Institute for Innovation and Sustainable Engineering, Derby University. This advanced materials and engineering program will provide the background of flight engineering and allow for the best possible outcome in relation to the use of modern materials, power systems and air frame design.

We have been fortunate enough to benefit from research funding provided under the European Regional Development Fund, accessed via the D2N2 LEP Low Carbon fund provisions. The vital work by Professor Paul Stewart and Professor Angelo R Maligno provide the theoretical basis to take our concepts forward.

The Concept

Current preferred drone engines weigh in at just under a 1,500grammes and provide enough thrust to lift 20,000g. We are already working with the manufacture to scale up this critical component.

Our current flight controllers are able to process at over 4,000hz providing the necessary computational power to effectively manage each individual engine, gimbal and fan blade pitch to keep the craft stable, to take off and land safely and to fly in the necessary direction.

This configuration removes the need for elevators, rudders and other traditional aircraft components.

The ducted fans are highly efficient and the blades are made of advanced composites which provide the strength. The blade design has been improved in consultation with the IISE.

Design Objectives / Mission Spec

-Two person capacity – 180kgs
-Cruise speed 180 knots, 200mph, 333 kph
-2 hour duration off a single charge
-Vertical Take Off and Landing VTOL
-Autonomous Flight
-Ability to drive legally on roads
-Hybrid and Electric Power
-Switchable power pods for instant power off grid
-Fast Recharge
-Integrated Energy Recovery System (KERS)
-Emergency parachute system