Fenton Robathan, Industrial Designer
FeralGods Design Company
London, England, United Kingdom
In 2019, Fenton Robathan founded FeralGods Design Company in London which is a design, engineering and fabrication company to develop both electric ground vehicles and electric aircraft, from concept to prototype. Robathan is a 2019 Royal College of Art (London, England) Industrial Design graduate with a Master of Arts (MA) in Intelligent Mobility. While at the university, Fenton succeeded in competitions with companies including Toyota Logistics, Hankook, Nissan, IBDC, Hyundai Kia, the Royal College of Art and also had a sponsorship from Jaguar Land Rover. He is actively looking for funding and can be contacted through his business Contact web page.
Robathan has a strong interest in quiet, compact, modern, functional, visually appealing and clean battery-powered powertrains for electric vehicles due to the technological advances in electric motor technology, battery technology, solar panel technology and also due to the low cost of controllers needed for stabilized flight of electric aircraft. Robathan's goal is to help shape the future of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as well as designing electric aircraft for other applications such as air racing, vacation and adventure trips.
The meaning behind the name, FeralGods Design Company, refers to how our ancient ancestors thought that flight could only be accomplished by the gods. Since the eVTOL industry is only in its infancy and because we don't actually know all the incredible ways eVTOL aircraft will flown by pilots or by artificial intelligence (AI), or the vast types of missions they will be used for, Robathan equates the future abilities of eVTOL aircraft and their pilots, to be similar to wild gods.
The LVI eVTOL aircraft is a concept design for a small one passenger tail-sitter for personal use for Urban Air Mobility. The aircraft is only 2.5 m wide X 2.5 m high (2 meters X 8 feet, 2.4 inches). The aircraft has aerodynamic surfaces and a unique futuristic design by utilizing efficient ducted fans and a mid-wing, with winglets, helping to extend the range and power of the aircraft. Being powered by batteries, future customers can take advantage of style combined with clean powered air travel for their personal needs.
This aircraft is an attractive design for Urban Air Mobility due the person's ability to easily commute to work without other passengers trying to tag along, as studies show that most people travel alone when going to work. The aircraft could easily land on roof top helipads or on a spacious suburban office parking lot. Its simplicity of design reduces complexity, weight, maintenance headaches and the initial cost of the aircraft. Since the aircraft is a tail-sitter, when the LVI eVTOL lands, the aircraft literally lands on its tail without the need for retractable or fixed landing gear.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL personal aircraft
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: Two ducted propellers (2 propellers in each duct, for a total of 4 propellers)
- Electric Motors: 4
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Windows: Panoramic windows with wrap around window design allowing forward, left, right and top visibility, for spectacular views
- Wings: Mid-wing with winglets
- Landing gear: Tail-sitter aircraft
- 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 motor or propeller fails, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.