Full Throttle Aerial LLC
Houston, Texas, USA
Steve Dixon founded Full Throttle Aerial LLC in 2013 which designs and develops various types of unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use. Steve took the company public in 2016 under the name of Full Throttle Aerial LLC. The company makes several models for drones for commercial use.
The company has developed the Scorpion heavy-lift drone which can carry a maximum payload of 1,000 lbs (82 kg). The 12 propeller and 12 electric motor cargo drone has a battery power source and can be powered by fuel cells for a maximum flying time of up to six hours.
The drone has a complete integrated avionics suite allowing the drone to be flown in an autopilot mode from anywhere on earth using satellite technology. The drone may be disassembled for ease of transportation by ground or air vehicle, and the average time it takes to assemble the drone is 20 minutes.
An important safety feature of the drone is its ability to go into a recovery mode if one or more electric motors malfunction. The drone can fly up to 1,500 feet in this mode, ensuring that it would not be lost or stolen in the event of an accident. In the case of a complete motor failure, the drone is fitted with a parachute.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL cargo drone or hybrid-electric VTOL (using fuel cells)
- Piloting: Remote
- Assembly time: 20 minutes
- Maximum cargo weight: 1,000 lbs (454 kg)
- Empty weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
- Flight time: Up to 6 hours (using fuel cells for the power source)
- Maximum speed: 43 knots (49 mph, 80 km/h)
- Maximum altitude: 1,000 feet MSL
- Propellers: 12
- Electric Motors: 12
- Power source: Electric batteries or fuel cells
- Airframe material: 7075 aircraft aluminum, outer skin is carbon fiber/Kevlar hybrid panels
- Propeller booms: Titanium tubing
- Landing gear: 4 landing legs (cargo attaches to the bottom of the landing legs)
- Airframe size: 28 inches H X 44 inches W X 72 inches L (711 mm H X 1,118 mm W X 1828 mm L)
- 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. If one or more motors fail, the drone will go into recovery mode. If all motors shut down, a parachute will land the drone to safety.