Tim Merk is a talented, visionary and prolific concept designer residing in the picturesque city of Minsk, Belarus. Merk's artistic journey began with a formal education in fine arts where he honed his skills in various traditional mediums. Embracing the digital realm, Merk mastered software tools and techniques, seamlessly integrating traditional and digital methods into his workflow.
His work can be found in graphic novels, video games, the movie industry and on online art websites. Merk has designed many types of vehicles including ground and air vehicles. For his aircraft concepts, he has designed many types of hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) passenger concept design aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM).
T Copter Car 8 hybrid-electric passenger VTOL concept design multicopter aircraft
The T Copter Car 8 is a hybrid-electric four passenger VTOL concept design multicopter aircraft made for advanced air mobility. The aircraft is flown by one pilot, holds three passengers and has room for luggage. The luggage rack is retro-styled and is stored on the outside rear of the fuselage. In addition, vintage looking automobile headlights are located on the each side of the front of the fuselage. The aircraft has a canopy over the cockpit providing excellent views for the pilot and passengers.
The cruise speed, cruise altitude, range and flight time are unknown. The aircraft has a maximum payload of approximately 550 kg (1,212 lb). The aircraft has eight propellers, eight electric motors and is powered by a hybrid-electric power source. Two propellers each are in each propeller housing and each propeller housing is on the four corners of the aircraft and face downward towards the ground. The aircraft can land on vertiports or parking lots as long as the landing area is dirt and rock free. The aircraft lands on the bottom of its own propeller housings.
Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of the propeller housings
Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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