Malloy Aeronautics Ltd
Berkshire, United Kingdom
In 2012, Chris Malloy, engineer and helicopter pilot, founded Malloy Aeronautics and is based near London, England. The company is in the business of making electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) cargo autonomous aircraft for private, commercial, government and military use. All of Malloy Aeronautics aircraft are built to military standards allowing private, commercial, government and military clients have the same quality vehicle for their logistics needs. SURVICE Engineering is the reseller of their drones in the United States.
For some history, it was in 2006 that Chris Malloy designed and tested his aircraft, a hoverbike, called Hoverbike P1. The Hoverbike P1 had a motorcycle styled seating arrangement, handle bars, two propellers, was powered with an internal combustion engine and used mechanical gears to rotate the two propellers. The Hoverbike P1's designed was inspired by the Chinook helicopter. Malloy's next prototype was a one passenger eVTOL aircraft called the Hoverbike P2 with four propellers and was all electric. Both of these aircraft were prototypes and are no longer in use.
It has been said by the military that the most important part of military operations is logistics: The resupplying of food and water, parts, equipment, fuel, ammunition to soldiers and anything else they need. The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) compares eVTOL cargo drones to an "Amazon on the battlefield" and knows that transporting supplies during wartime is dangerous work and is working to reduce the risk of danger to logistics personnel and to reduce the amount of time transporting cargo to the battlefield. With an autonomous eVTOL cargo drone, the US Army foresees with a single request, that soldiers could have needed supplies flown in by air during the day or night, in all weather conditions and no logistics personnel would be harmed by enemy fire.
The US Army recognizes the limitations of current battery technology and knows in the future that batteries will hold more energy which will increase the payload weight, speed and range of eVTOL cargo drones. In addition, the US Army's long term goal is to develop wireless recharging so that eVTOL aircraft can be charged while flying to their destination.
The company has successfully made the T150 an eVTOL cargo drone capable of carrying a payload of 68kg (140lb), has a maximum range of 70km (43 miles) with an endurance of 36 minutes. TRV means Tactical Resupply Vehicle. The T150 has been successfully tested in all weather conditions such as rain, gusty wind conditions, the desert, and in the snow. The cargo drone can be controlled with a laptop using points on a map to determine its flight route.
The drone can land and allow people to unload the cargo or the cargo can be dropped while flying. The booms of the drone can be folded and the entire aircraft fits neatly into a protective case for storage or to transport the aircraft by ground or air vehicle. The military calls these cargo drones the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV).
The T150 won 1st Place at the 2019 PMA-263 Tactical Resupply UAS Challenge sponsored by the United States Department of Defense. The T150 was also featured at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) campaign in 2020.
Malloy Aeronautics is continuing to design and build eVTOL cargo aircraft (holding 68 kg [140 lb] payloads and greater) for private, commercial and military use.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL cargo drone
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: Cargo only
- Maximum range: 70km (43 miles)
- Endurance: 36 minutes
- Maximum payload: 68 kg (140 lb)
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Landing gear: Fixed skid type landing gear
- 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.
- Malloy Aeronautics website
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- Chris Malloy Hoverbike Kickstarter web page
- Article: Malloy Aeronautics is developing its Hoverbike for the US Department of Defense, New Atlas, June 15, 2015
- Article: US Army develops new unmanned joint tactical aerial resupply vehicle, Army Technology, Sept. 13, 2016
- Article: The Army wants to use this giant drone to resupply soldiers, The Verge, Jan. 19, 2017
- PDF document: The Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle Impact On Sustainment Operations, US Army, June 9, 2017
- Article: Joint Tactical Aerial ReSupply Vehicle, US Army, Sept. 28, 2017
- Article: The Army looks at mass recharging for drone swarms, Army Times, Nov. 9, 2020