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, multi-fuel engines hybrid-electric power sources, which are safe and cost-effective for both power and mobility uses such as ground, marine and air vehicles and co-generation systems (on-site power generation) for buildings and manufacturing plants.
The Cargo AVU is designed as an uncrewed all-electric VTOL aircraft is a tandem-winged multicopter, its wings extend the range of the aircraft. The acronym AVU stands for Advanced VTOL UAV. The multicopter has six fixed propellers for VTOL and forward flight. The tandem wings tilt to provide maximum aerodynamics during forward flight, extends the range of the aircraft and also increases the aircraft's payload weight. The company has two patents for this aircraft which were registered in 2020.
The aircraft is easily reconfigured to hold cargo on top of its airframe or under the airframe. When a cargo container is fitted to the top of the fuselage, the aircraft has no landing legs and takes off and lands on its underframe. The aircraft can then be reconfigured to hold cargo under the fuselage which then requires adding four landing struts to the aircraft.
In addition to the Cargo AVU being able to be reconfigured for different types of payloads, the aircraft is also modular in construction. Two or more Cargo AVUs can be connected side by side, to carry heavier loads or oversized loads or both. When the aircraft is flying in a compound configuration, the aircraft can reduce the number of propellers turning because the aircraft will be flying with much longer wings reducing the power needed for forward flight.
The air cargo VTOL aircraft can accept different power sources which means the aircraft can be powered by batteries alone or can be powered by a hybrid-electric power source. Companies or governments specifying a hybrid-electric power source will do this to extend the range of the aircraft.
The company expects the aircraft will be used for air cargo service in urban and rural areas, for medical transportation, agricultural use, disaster relief, fire fighting, humanitarian aid and for military use. As of December 2021, no mention has been made when a demonstrator aircraft will be constructed or when serial production is expected to take place.
Aircraft type: eVTOL cargo uncrewed aircraft
Capacity: Cargo only
Cruise speed: 130 km/h
Maximum speed: 200 km/h
Range: 80 km (200 kg payload), 140 km (100 kg payload, more than 140 km with a hybrid-electric power source
Flight time: Approximately 40 minutes
Reserve time: 10 minutes
Maximum payload: 200 kg (with a 80 km range), 100 kg (with a 140 km range)
Maximum take off weight: 600 kg
Propellers: 6 propellers
Electric Motors: 6 electric motors
Power source: Battery packs or hybrid-electric
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Wings: Tandem tilt-wings
Landing gear: Lands on fuselage (when cargo is above the fuselage), landing legs (when the cargo is below the fuselage)
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.
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