In 2009, a team of six engineers and pilots began their work in flight simulators where they gained extensive experience in the design and manufacturer of various products from avionics software to creating programs.
Inspired by such great personalities like Elon Mask, Steve Jobs, Richard Brenson, and looking at projects done and being done by Boeing, Airbus and Bell they have decided to apply their skills and knowledge to the area of VTOL planes and bring some of our ideas into this world too.
In 2016, they decided to create a company being inspired by NASA, Boeing, Bell and other companies which were creating vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and other markets. Their motivation was that they can do it too and bring it to the world because they know their aircraft will help the humanity.
They used their experience to create a heavy passenger and cargo quad-copter. After three years, in 2019, they completed their design for a heavy passenger and cargo VTOL aircraft. This is how the Moscow Team was born. The company is looking for investors.
The company named their aircraft the Kamchatka Peninsula which is one of the most beautiful, remote and difficult to places to get to in the world. There are no roads from the Peninsula to the rest of the world and there is semi-regular air service to the Kamchatka. As of 2010, they estimate their are over 322,000 people who live on the Peninsula.
The AI Kamchatka hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft has four rotating ducted propeller housings, with two sets of propellers in each duct, each propeller powered by its own electric motor. All propellers are independently controlled for better flight stability in normal or gusty wind conditions. the aircraft is powered by a gas-turbine engine, has an emergency set of batteries, a fixed high wing for forward flight.
The aircraft can be flown manually or autonomously. The AI in the name does mean Artificial Intelligence. AI Kamchatka is not only a VTOL aircraft, it is a robot, an "airborne AI" that can analyze and respond to all flying parameters, weather, terrain, traffic, flight parameters, other aircraft, communications with ATC and more.
Safety of passengers is a top priority for the Moscow Team. The aircraft has multiple safety features. If a pilot stops flying the aircraft, the AI will continue the flight and land safely. There is an emergency battery reserve if the gas-turbine runs out of fuel during flight or the turbine stop working, the aircraft will have enough power to land the aircraft safely. The aircraft also has shock adsorbing landing gear. It uses Distributed Electrical Propulsion which means that if one or two of the electric motors fail during flight the other propellers will continue to fly the aircraft until the aircraft can land safely. Then if there is some type of catastrophic failure, there is a whole aircraft ballast parachute to safely land the passengers in that type of emergency.
The flight specifications for the aircraft have been estimated using flight simulation software. According to the simulation software, the aircraft has very good flight qualities including stability, control during light or gusty wind conditions, good control in steady flight and during flight maneuvers. The company hopes to increase the range of the aircraft in the future.
The company working on a 1/4 scale prototype for series of tests in a wind tunnel for flight characteristics, controls, software, and the team is about to start developing blueprints for a full scale model.
The company plans to sell the aircraft for commercial, private and military use. The aircraft is projected to be used in just about any mission that is needed for VTOL flight. This aircraft will be capable of missions such as UAM, search and rescue, personal air vehicle, VIP transportation, police, fire, military, surveying, a cargo drone and more.
Specifications (based on simulation software):
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric eVTOL Turbine battery pack for 7 minutes.
- Piloting: Pilot or autonomous
- Capacity: 4 people including pilot
- Cruise speed: 269 km/h (167 mph)
- Maximum speed: 348 km/h (216 mph)
- Cruise altitude: 2,743 m (9,000 ft)
- Maximum Altitude: 5,486 m (18,000 ft)
- Maximum range: 306 km (190 miles)
- Maximum payload: 550 kg (1,213 lbs)
- Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW): 1,588 kg (3,500 lb)
- Propellers: 8 propellers (each propeller has 6 blades)
- Ducted housing for propellers: 4 (each duct houses two sets of propellers)
- Electric Motors: 8
- Battery pack: 7 minutes of emergency battery back-up power, if their is a engine failure
- Windows: Panoramic windows providing spectacular views
- Wings: High wing
- Landing gear: Fixed four wheeled shock absorbing landing gear
- Safety Features: If the pilot makes and error the aircraft will take over and fly the aircraft safety. The aircraft has a whole aircraft ballistic parachute. If the aircraft runs out of fuel or the gas-turbine engine stops working there is a battery back-up with power for seven minutes that will allow the aircraft to land safely with a power failure. The aircraft also has shock absorbing landing gear. 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.