VRCO LTD (Vehicle Redesign Company, LTD)
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
VRCO’s NeoXcraft is an electric vertical takeoff and landing eVTOL high-speed aircraft that will fly, drive on land, and can land and take off on water. The project began in 2016 with operational testing slated for 2019 and certification in 2020. The NeoXcraft’s feasibility and power optimization studies were undertaken by the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering in 2017.
The NeoXcraft is a short lift-body fuselage/cockpit with electric ducted propellers fore and aft on each side. The ducts and propellers can go from vertical lift to horizontal flight mode. It will cruise at 338 km/h (210 mph) with at least a 60 minute duration with a flying distance of 120 km (75 miles) and is slated to have a 25 minute recharging period. It has a maximum take-off weight of 450 kg (992 lbs) including a 180 kg (396 lbs) payload of two passengers and can fly autonomously.
It includes an emergency parachute system in case of multiple engine failures or a total power failure. The craft has been designed and engineered with multiple redundant safety systems, a suite of sensors to assist pilots and also to detect and avoid objects using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology. The sensors are designed to keep passengers safe whether on the ground or in the air because they allow real-time 3D mapping and object detection, tracking and classification.
VRCO plans to market the craft as a luxury vehicle and is building its interior to be spacious and fit the high class concept. The company has formed a pilot academy to learn to fly the craft and is also taking reservations to own the vehicle when it hits the market. According to a BBC News report in the fall of 2018, the expected cost for this aircraft will be approximately $1.9 million USD.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Cruise speed: 338 kp/h (210 mph)
- Range: 120 km (75 miles)
- Flight time: 1 hour
- Maximum take-off weight: 450 kg (992 lbs)
- Payload: 180 kg (396 lbs)
- Recharging time: 24 minutes
- Safety features: The aircraft has multiple redundant safety systems, object detection systems and an emergency parachute with Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft which provides safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. If one motors/propellers fail, the other working motors/propellers can safely land the aircraft.
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- Article: VRCO starts Japan Operations, Pressat, July 9, 2019
- Article: Company developing ‘flying cars’, BBC News, Oct. 26, 2018
- Article: Quanergy Selected as Exclusive LiDAR Partner for VRCO, Business Wire, Sep. 21, 2018
- Article: Flying car team announces exciting collaboration with Kahn Design, Property and Business Investment Show, June 20, 2018
- Video: Futuristic flying car the ‘NeoXCraft’ could be in the skies soon, Daily Mail, June 20, 2018