Moller Skycar M400
Moller International / Freedom Motors
Dixon, CA, USA

“The Skycar 400 is the 5th generation of VTOL aircraft developed by Dr. Paul Moller and is now in the ‘operational prototype’ stage. The Skycar combines the high-speed capabilities of a fixed wing aircraft with the vertical take-off and landing capabilities of a helicopter. Its ducted fans provide lift and propulsion without the dangers of exposed rotor blades and high maintenance costs of rotary-winged aircraft. The vehicle employs state-of-the-art fly-by-wire computer technology to monitor, control, and maintain stability of the aircraft, while simultaneously making it simple and easy to operate.

A recent redesign has made the Skycar 400 an electric hybrid, as four motors are electric, while still keeping the Rotapower engines. This is seen through the prototype’s added grey mounting shells. Additionally, the prototype uses larger folding wings for improved efficiency and safety, and an easy walk-in cockpit design.

In the future, passengers will not be required to fly the aircraft, as the Skycar will be an autonomous aircraft utilizing advanced onboard environment scanning and precise positioning systems, the highway-in-the-sky (HITS) and automated air traffic control in order to fly between destinations and avoid other air-traffic.”

Skycar M400 Characteristics (updated February 2018)

Passengers 4
Emergency Airframe Parachutes Yes
Fuel Type Ethanol
Noise Level at 500ft (Goal) 65 dBA
Dimensions (L x W x H) 21.5′ x 8.5′ x 7.5′ 6.5m x 2.5m x 2.25m
Operational ceiling 36,000 ft 11,000 m
Takeoff and landing area 35 ft dia 11 m dia
Max speed at sea-level 288 kts 533 kph
Cruise max speed at 20,000 ft 268 kts 496 kph
Rate of climb at sea-level 4,800 fpm 1,463 mpm
Endurance 5.9 hours
Disc loading 140 lb/ft2 6 kg/m2
Range @ 131 mph (21.3 mpg): 805 miles @ 210 kph (9 kpl): 1,300 km
Net payload 720 lbs 325 kg
Gross weight 2,400 lbs 1090 kg
Continuous Engine Power (Total) 720 hp 535 kw
Maximum Lift/Drag 12.5



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