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 Hover School Bus 02 hybrid-electric 26 person VTOL concept design multicopter aircraft
The T Hover School Bus 02 is a 26 person hybrid-electric VTOL passenger concept design multicopter school bus aircraft made for advanced air mobility. The aircraft is flown by one or two pilots and holds 24 students. The cockpit has a large front windshield and there are large windows on each side of the bus for the students. There are two entrance doors on each side of the fuselage and there is an emergency exit door in the rear of the bus.
The aircraft has 20 propellers, 20 electric motors and is powered by a hybrid-electric power source. There are ten ducted propeller housings, each propeller housing holding two propellers each. All the propellers are located below the aircraft. The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite materials to keep the weight of the aircraft as light and strong as possible. There are three main propeller boom structure assemblies underneath the aircraft. The front boom holds two ducted propellers, the middle boom assembly holds four ducted propeller housings and the rear boom assembly holds four ducted propeller housings. The maximum payload for the school bus is approximately 2,721 kg (6,000 lb).
The aircraft can land on roads, vertiports or parking lots. These landing areas would need to be as free of dirt, trash and rocks as possible. The aircraft lands on the bottom of the boom assemblies or possibly uses retractable landing gear.
Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric passenger VTOL concept design multicopter school bus aircraft
Piloting: 1 or 2 pilots
Capacity: 24 passengers
Cruise speed: Unknown
Maximum payload (approximately): 2,721 kg (6,000 lb)
Propellers: 20 propellers
Electric motors: 20 electric motors
Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Windows: 1 large front windshield with large windows for the students
Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of the propeller booms (or there is possibly retractable landing gear)
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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