Heavy Lift Cargo Utility Platform
Esprit Aeronautics Limited
Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
In October 2018, Esprit Aeronautics Limited was formed in the United Kingdom. Esprit Aeronautics Limited is developing both an electric and hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Heavy Lift Cargo Utility (HLCU) Platform and an electric and hybrid-electric one (1) passenger VTOL aircraft called the Lancer ePAV (PAV = Personal Air Vehicle) Esprit Aeronautics is also seeking investors to develop their aircraft.
According to Esprit Aeronautics, millions of tons of food and other products are delivered by truck, in the United Kingdom, each year. Esprit Aeronautics feels this lucrative market is underdeveloped in the small unmanned eVTOL market and in many instances, goods can be more efficiently delivered by air, than by truck.
The Heavy Lift Cargo Utility Platform Esprit Aeronautics has developed can not only be used for standard cargo delivery but can be fitted with crop spraying systems for farmers, sensors to study the environment & crop yields, coastal support for ship-to-shore or ship-to-ship requirements, search and rescue and other uses.
In rural areas, the benefits of autonomous eVTOL aircraft can be very useful for multiple reasons. The distance it takes to delivery goods as well as trucks stopping at multiple places on the way can delay deliveries but also, flying from point A to B in a straight line is faster and can deliver goods with minimal delay. In an urban area the, benefits of autonomous eVTOL cargo delivery can speed delivery due to delays caused by traffic and in addition, flying from point A to B also increases delivery times. In addition, once landing locations can accept deliveries 24 hours, deliverers can take place in the day and night providing faster service to customers.
In terms of economics, the cost of operating an all electric of a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft, is substantially lower than a helicopter or plane. The cost of eVTOl aircraft compared to a truck is possibly either equal to truck deliveries or less. But even if the cost by eVTOL cargo aircraft is slightly more than a truck, the speed of the delivery might outweigh the price increase for the customer.
- Payload: 200 kg (441 lbs)
- Propulsion: Electric or hybrid-electric
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Mission capability: Cargo transportation, crop spraying, medevac, search and rescue, surveillance - environment, agricultural, mineral, security, ship-to-shore or ship-to-ship cargo and other uses.