3D Molier Cargo Quadrocopter Drone (concept design)
Cargo Quadrocopter Drone (concept design)
Panama, Republic of Panama
The 3D Molier company was founded in 2005 by Andrey Simonenko in the Republic of Panama. The company was incorporated in 2011. The company is a design studio creating high resolution creative designs for multiple industries. The company has also designed electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company is actively seeking companies who want to purchase their designs or design products for them.
Today, cranes and loaded container handlers (a vehicle on wheels that lift intermodal containers) are operated manually and are the only two methods to move intermodal containers. This is why the intermodal drone will be a very effective compliment to the current methods to lift and move intermodal containers.
The Cargo Quadrocopter Drone is a remote or autonomous heavy-lift hybrid-electric VTOL (or eVTOL) multicopter concept design airframe used to move 20 foot intermodal containers within a ship yard, railroad yard, trucking yard or any industry facility. There are eight ducted propellers, two propellers inside each duct, located on the four corners of the airframe. The aircraft can be outfitted with a hybrid-electric or all battery power source.
The drone can lift intermodal containers to and from a ship, intermodal railroad well cars (called well cars), skeletal truck chassis or move them within any storage facility. The aircraft will be able to remotely lock onto an intermodal container and when ready to release, will release the container with precision accuracy.
The Cargo Quadrocopter Drone will provide more flexibility and reduce the infrastructure needed in all facilities that move intermodal containters from ships, to railroad cars and to semi-trucks.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric or electric heavy-lift VTOL intermodal cargo concept design drone
- Piloting: Autonomous or remote
- Capacity: Intermodal cargo containers
- Maximum payload (approximately): 55,000 lb (25,000 kg)
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Hybrid-electric or batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of its fuselage
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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