Dunnellon, Florida, USA
The Aergility ATLIS will be an autonomous hybrid electric/gas powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle intended for long range cargo delivery into difficult to access or dangerous areas.
The ATLIS will fly autonomously utilizing motors (tentatively the Hirth 3502/3) powering eight “Managed Autogyration” vertical propellers for take-off and landing, while a gas powered pusher prop propels it forward and the vertical propellers go into a gyrocopter mode for lift. Varying individual propeller speeds will be used to maneuver the aircraft. While functioning as a gyrocopter the propellers will regenerate the battery. It will lift up to 180 kgs of cargo carrying a 159 kg load 320 km or a 113 kg load up to 960 km at speeds up to 160 kph.
The vehicle will utilize a point-of-supply direct to point-of-need strategy rather than requiring multiple distribution points required by many vehicles because of range limitations or potential dangers. Aergility predicts the ATLIS aircraft could fly an average of ten sorties a day.
Aergility is a combined effort by three companies. Robrady provides the industrial design, Watts Innovations conducts the flight testing and Zivko Aueronautics is responsible for prototype manufacturing.
A 1/4 scale Proof-of-Concept model has flown and a full sized prototype is scheduled for completion in 2019.
- Search eVTOL news posts
- Article: Cargo-carrying long-range VTOL UAV moves to full-scale prototype stage, New Atlas, July 5, 2018
- Video: Aergility: A New Breed of Multirotors, Bobby Watts/Watts Inventions, May 3, 2018