Heavy Duty Drone
Robert Kovacs is an industrial, automotive and aeronautical designer based in Hungary. He is a prolific designer making futuristic concept consumer products, automobiles, motorcycles and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. His online portfolio features the eVTOL multicopter prototype, LIFT.
The aircraft is a futuristic design which would look welcome in any urban area, industrial plant, railroad yard, ship yard or construction site. Even though there is no information on whether this is an all-electric VTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL, one can guess, based on today's battery technology, that it's a hybrid-electric aircraft. As battery technology gets better, this concept aircraft, if ever made into a production model would most likely be changed over to an eVTOL aircraft due to the cost of electric versus fuel is about 2 to 1. Saving half the cost of energy to fly an aircraft would be worth the cost of converting a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft into an eVTOL aircraft.
Kovacs has not provided an estimated cruising speed or flight range for the eVTOL aircraft. He also has yet to provide any information on how the aircraft lands, though it may be surmised that the landing gear is retractable. For a cargo drone to be fully functional, it would be any cargo company's advantage to have a cargo aircraft with retractable wheeled landing gear so the aircraft could be easily moved on the ground or the aircraft could taxi over a cargo container to attached the container to the aircraft. However, due to the nature of the design as an VTOL aircraft, the aircraft could certainly have retractable legs and would simply fly over a container to pick it up.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL or hybrid-electric VTOL cargo aircraft
- Piloting: Unknown, either piloted or autonomous
- Cargo loading and offloading: Articulated hydraulic grabbing arms to lift and lock cargo containers underneath the aircraft
- Capacity: 500 kg (1,102 lbs)
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Ducted fans: 3
- Electric Motors: 3
- Windows: Full front and side windscreen for pilot
- Landing gear: Unknown
- 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.