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 Tritan Jet T1 is a one passenger hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft has three electric ducted fans, a tilting canard wing, one tilting main wing and a vertical stabilizer. The aircraft can either be piloted or flown autonomously. The front two electric ducted fans are on the wing spar close to the fuselage and tilts at the same time as the main wing. The rear ducted fan is a dedicated stationary electric ducted fan that is in the rear of fuselage.
The aircraft has an estimated cruise speed is 300 km/h (186 mph) and has a flight time of approximately one hour. The cruise altitude will be determined according to the rules of the country. Chatillon foresees the aircraft's power source to be interchangeable with different engines or other power sources, such as fuel cells.
Chatillon's goal is to design and manufacture an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional jet aircraft and reduce air traffic congestion in major cities. The aircraft can also be used for rescue missions, natural disaster help, emergency medial transport, air cargo services, government use and even military missions.
Cruise altitude: The cruise altitude will be determined according to the rules of the country
Propellers: 3 electric ducted fans
Electric motors: 3 electric motors
Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Window: Canopy over cockpit
Wings: 1 tilt main wing
Tail: 1 vertical stabilizer
Landing gear: Retractable wheeled landing gear
Safety features: The electric ducted fans are more reliable than large rotorblades and can possibly have a lower failure rate than other conventional VTOL aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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