Epiphany FLYING CARpet (concept design)
Applied eVTOL Concepts
Newport Beach, California, USA
In 2018, Michael Moshier, Chief Executive Officer, founded Applied eVTOL Concepts, based in Newport Beach, California, USA. The company announced on May 20, 2020 they had designed a two-passenger hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) passenger multicopter aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM).
Work on the Epiphany FLYING CARpet began with full-scale ducted fan development and wind tunnel testing under a $5,000,000.00 USD DARPA contract, with support from NASA Ames. This initial testing was carried out by Trek Aerospace, Moshier’s previous startup company, on the SoloTrek XFV, which was awarded Time Magazine’s 2001 Invention of the Year. Trek, which has continued work on ducted-fan aircraft such as the FlyKart, is developing the ducted fans under contract.
Epiphany Transporter two passenger eVTOL concept design multicopter aircraft
The Epiphany Transporter is a two passenger eVTOL concept design multicopter aircraft that is about the size of the all-electric four door Tesla Model S. The aircraft holds two passengers, two pieces of luggage and golf clubs. The aircraft, with its ducted propellers folded up, will fit into a standard one car garage. The company states the aircraft has been designed for utility, comfort and safety in mind.
The cruise speed for the aircraft is anticipated to be 130 mph (209 km/h) with a planned maximum cruise speed of 160 mph (257 km/h). The target range of the aircraft is 300+ m (482+ km). The eVTOL multicopter aircraft is a sleek modern design with six independently controlled ducted propellers powered by six electric motors. The superstructure of the aircraft is made of carbon fiber composite for high strength to low weight ratio.
The aircraft has a panoramic window canopy for a full 360 degree spectacular views for the passengers. The aircraft has two fixed wheels in the front of the aircraft and has two inverted angled stabilizers in the rear of the aircraft act as rear landing struts. The aircraft is powered by batteries.
The company foresees people using the Epiphany Transporter just as they use a car, the multicopter is just faster and a smoother ride. As of 2023, the company is still in the process of manufacturing a crewed prototype aircraft.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger concept design aircraft
- Piloting: 1 pilot and triple-redundant auto-pilot
- Capacity: 2 passenger, 2 pieces of luggage and golf clubs
- Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
- Maximum cruise speed: 160 mph (257 km/h)
- Range: 300+ m (482+ km)
- Propellers: 6 ducted propellers
- Electric motors: 6 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Canopy: Panoramic window canopy for full 360 degree spectacular views
- Landing gear: 2 fixed wheels in front and two inverted angled stabilizers in the rear
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. Backup power provides electricity to the fan in the event of a turbo generator power interruption.
- Applied eVTOL Concepts website
- Michael Moshier Linkedin
- Article: Applied VTOL Concepts Announces the First Practical Flying Car, PRWeb, May 20, 2020
- Article: FLYING CARpet Unveiled, Tests to Start in 2021, Electric VTOL News, May 20, 2020
- Article: Wingless Transporter Breaks 'Sound Barrier' w/ 300-Mile Range Using NASA-Proven Thrusters, Aviation Pros, Aug. 15, 2023
- Article: Applied eVTOL Concepts unveils wingless Epiphany aircraft, Military and Aerospace Electronics, Aug. 16, 2023
- Article: New Tesla-sized eVTOL powered by NASA-proven thrusters enters the fray, Aerotime Hub, Aug. 17, 2023
- Article: Ultra-Quiet, Wingless 'Flying Car' Promises 160 mph and 300+ mi. Range Using NASA-Proven "Thrusters", MarketWatch, Sept. 6, 2023