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 autonomous eVTOL aircraft can be very useful for multiple reasons. During delivery, trucks are often forced to stop at multiple points throughout a route, and such routes may often be circuitous or otherwise difficult to maneuver. eVTOL aircraft flying directly from point A to B will circumvent such routes, and can deliver goods with minimal delay. In an urban area, autonomous eVTOL cargo delivery would not be subject to delays caused by traffic and possess the aforementioned benefit of transport directly from point A to B. 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 either equal to truck deliveries or less. Even if the cost of delivery by eVTOL cargo aircraft is slightly more than that of 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.