Moller Skycar 200 mockup

Moller Skycar M200
Moller International / Freedom Motors
Dixon, CA, USA
moller.com
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The Moller Skycar M200 was the first in a series of two, four and six passenger Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) commuter aircraft.

The M200 had two rear tilting ducted engines and two inline fixed vertical engines forward of its passengers. It employed ethanol fueled Freedom Motor Rotapower® engines provided exclusively to Moller powering separate electric motors. The M22 had a length of 4.27 m, and folded wing width of 2.59 m. The fixed wing configuration included a near vertical and additional airfoil area above the lower fuselage wing. Cruise speed was to have been 230-289.5 km/h. It was equipped with a parachute.

The Skycar was originally designed with the military in mind but the DoD showed little interest.

The M200 should not be confused with the Moller M200G Neuera which was a low altitude “flying saucer” like vehicle.

 

Moller Skycar M200 mockup over mountains
Moller Skycar M200 mockup over mountains
Moller Skycar 200 wings folded
Moller Skycar M200 wings folded
Moller Skycar 200 model
Moller Skycar M200 model

Design Specifications:

VTOL Configuration Two Nacelles and Two Lift Ducts
Seating Tandem
Emergency Airframe Parachutes Yes
Fuel Type Ethanol
Length 14 ft (4.27 m)
Width 8.5 ft (2.59 m)
Height 6 ft (1.82 m)
Gross Weight 1,320 lbs (598.7 kg)
Net Payload 400 lbs  (181.4 kg)

Performance Specifications:

Continuous Engine Power (Total) 170 hp (126.8 kW)
Electrical Motor Power (90 seconds) 85 hp (63.4 kW) per motor
Emergency Electrical Motor Power (30 seconds) 145 hp (108.1 kW) per motor
Component Articulation Required Folding Wings
Maximum Speed (Sea Level) 242 mph (389.5 kph)
Cruise Speed (Sea Level @ 65% power) 205 mph (329.9 kph)
Time – Parachute Safe (50 mph @ 200 ft) 11.3 seconds
Time to Transition (0-131 mph) 16.2 seconds
Maximum Endurance (Sea Level @ 131 mph) 3.7 hours
Rate of climb (sea level) 1,816 fpm (9.23 m/s)
Time to climb (10,000 ft) 3.8 minutes
Roadability (On improved roads) ~ 30 mph (48.3 kph)
Range with 2 passengers @ 122 mph (42 mpg) 434 miles (698.5 km)
Fuel Consumption (Sea Level @ Cruise) 7.37 gallons per hour (27.90 liters per hour)

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MollerVectored ThrustScaled Prototype2 PassengersElectric Hybrid, Piloted