Since 2007, Thibault Chatillon has been working with, inventing, flying and designing drones, including designing passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Chatillon is based in Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France. In addition, he's designed the first vertiport network in France for eVTOL aircraft and drones. Chatillon is also working on innovative eVTOL aircraft design concepts for advanced aerial mobility (AAM) and air racing. On several of Chatillon's social media accounts, his handle is Tibo Cat Lion.
The Quadraxes Air Racer is one passenger eVTOL air racing (and/or sport) multicopter concept design aircraft with an open cockpit with a front windshield. There are two joysticks to control the aircraft. The Quadraxes Air Racer has been designed for speed, agility and stability. The racing aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 180 km/h (112 mph) and has a flight time of 20-25 minutes.
The aircraft has eight propellers and eight electric motors and each propeller has a partial safety guard. There is a low front type of horizontal stabilizer and there is a high rear type of horizontal stabilizer. The empty weight of the aircraft is 80 kg (176 lb), the maximum payload is 120 kg (265 lb) and the maximum takeoff weight 200 kg (441 lb). The aircraft can land in a space as small as 3 meters X 3 meters (approximately 10 feet X 10 feet). The airframe is made from aluminum and has carbon composite parts. The aircraft lands on its airframe.
The designer is also making a foldable model as well. The air racer has been built with redundancies for added safety, including distributed electric propulsion (DEP), brushless electric motors and multiple controllers.A ballistic parachute is optional.
Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger concept design air racer
Piloting: 1 pilot
Maximum cruise speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
Flight time: 20-25 minutes
Empty weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
Maximum payload: 120 kg (265 lb)
Maximum takeoff weight: 200 kg (441 lb)
Propellers: 8 propellers
Electric motors: 8 electric motors
Power source: Batteries
Fuselage: Aluminum frame with carbon composite parts.
Window: Open canopy
Wings: Has a low front type of horizontal stabilizer and a high rear type of horizontal stabilizer
Landing gear: Lands on the air frame
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 in the sub-systems of the aircraft. A ballistic parachute is optional.
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