Micor Technologies Advanced Vehicle VTOL Jet Aircraft (AVVJA)
Advanced Vehicle VTOL Jet Aircraft (AVVJA)
Micor Technologies LLC
Norton Shores, Michigan, USA
Founded in 2014, Micor Technology LLC is based in West Michigan (USA) and is a groundbreaking engineering and product development company who employs skilled engineers and scientists creating disrupting technologies related to power and mobility for both military and commercial use. The company charter is to use innovative engineering for emerging markets to extend the range of electric vehicles and aircraft.
The company's plan is to develop new technologies such as high-power density and multi-fuel engines hybrid-electric power sources, which are safe and cost-effective for both power and mobility uses such as ground, marine, air vehicles and co-generation systems (on-site power generation) for buildings and manufacturing plants.
The Advanced Vehicle VTOL Jet Aircraft (AVVJA) is a multi-passenger hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) concept design aircraft. The aircraft's fuselage is similar to a private corporate jet but after this, the wings, ducted fan assemblies and engine placement vary greatly from a corporate jet. It should be noted that the pilot's window is larger than typical corporate jet designs allowing much better views for the pilot during VTOL, transition and forward flight.
The aircraft has a gull wing configuration for its main wing. The gull wing was original designed to provide pilots with a better view towards the rear of the aircraft. However, the gull wings on this VTOL aircraft was necessary to provide the additional height needed for the large ducted fan assemblies at the end of each wing to rotate for VTOL and forward flight. The gull wings also allow a better rear view for the pilots.
The ducted fans swivel on the ends of the main wing for VTOL, transition flight and for forward flight. Each ducted fan assembly has an additional duct surrounding the ducted fan assembly which is a called thrust augmenter. The passing air through the thrust augmenter is moving at a much faster rate of speed than the ambient air speed but at a lower rate of speed than the inner flow through the ducted fans which increase the efficiency of the ducted fans and also reduces the noise level of the aircraft. The second duct also acts like an airfoil and increases the efficiency of the ducted fans.
The engine creating the electricity for the ducted fan's electric motors and the rest of the aircraft's electrical systems is located in the rear of the fuselage. When battery density becomes great enough for this type of aircraft, the gas engine will be replaced with batteries. The aircraft could also be powered by fuel cells when this technology matures for serial production use. The aircraft has a conventional tailplane and has retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear.
The company foresees their aircraft to be used for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), rural UAM, search and rescue, first responder service, military transportation, border security, aerial fire fighting, air cargo and for sightseeing tours. The company has submitted many patents for their aircraft designs.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL passenger jet aircraft
- Piloting: 2 pilots
- Capacity: 8 or more passengers and a flight attendant
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 10 ducted fans (or possibly 20), each ducted fan assembly has a thrust augmenter
- Electric Motors: 10 electric motors (or possibly 20)
- Power source: Hybrid-electric power source (in the future, fuel cells or battery packs)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Windows: Standard-sized corporate jet type windows
- Wings: Gull wings
- Tail: Conventional tailplane
- Landing gear: Retractable tricycle wheeled 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.
- Micor Technologies LLC website
- Micor Technologies LLC YouTube Channel
- Video: Advanced Multi-Passenger VTOL Aircraft - AMVA, Micor Technologies Marketing, May 18, 2020
- Article: Advanced Multi-passenger VTOL Aircraft - AMVA, Tech Briefs, July 1, 2020
- Video: AMVA DF 1, Micor Technologies Marketing, July 9, 2020
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