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Roxtern Aerospace Flying Supercar (concept design)

Roxtern Aerospace cpassenger hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft

 

Flying Supercar (concept design)
Roxtern Aerospace Private Limited
Kanpur, Uttlar Pradesh, India
(no website)

Roxtern Aerospace Private Limited was founded on June 13, 2022 by Mohammad Furkan Shoaib in Kanpur, Uttlar Pradesh, India. The company is in the business of designing and manufacturing passenger hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company's goal is to make aircraft that have quieter take-offs than conventional aircraft, have fast speeds, provide improved safety, be a highly efficient aircraft  and have zero emissions. The company released their first passenger hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft to the world in February 2024. (Image credit: Roxtern Aerospace)

Flying Supercar passenger long-range hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft
The Flying Supercar is a two passenger long-range hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft. The aircraft has a modern design and has been design for intercity, intracity, rural and remote locations air travel. The aircraft has room for passenger luggage. It is unknown if the aircraft is piloted or will be flown with autonomous piloting. The aircraft will be powered by a hybrid-electric power source using hydrogen fuel cells.

The maximum cruise speed of the aircraft is anticipated at 300 km/h (186 mph) and has a planned range of 500 km (310 m). The flight time is predicted to be one hour and 40 minutes. The aircraft has eight dedicated propellers for VTOL flight and has 12 electric ducted fans (EDFs) for forward flight and has 20 electric motors. The empty weight of the aircraft is expected to be 1,250 kg (2,756 lb), have a maximum payload weight of approximately 200 kg (441 lb) and has a calculated maximum takeoff weight of 1,450 kg (3,197 lb).

The aircraft has a canopy over the cockpit and the fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite material for a high strength and low weigh ratio. The aircraft has one main high main wing with 12 electric ducted fans on the center portion of the leading edge of the wing. The main wing has winglets. There are four twin-propeller nacelles located on the corners of the aircraft dedicated for VTOL flight. The aircraft has one twin-boom mounted horizontal stabilizer. The length of the aircraft is calculated to be 10.5 meters (34 ft, 5-14 in), the height 2.3 meters (7 ft, 6 in) and the wingspan 11 meters (36 ft, 1 in).

Safety features include Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) which means that if several propellers or electric ducted fans stop working, the rest of the propellers will be able to land the aircraft to safety. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft providing safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. Having multiple redundant systems on any aircraft decreases having any single point of failure. There is also a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute in case of an unexpected inflight emergency. The aircraft will also have airbags inside the cabin.

Flying Supercar side view

Flying Supercar side view

Flying Supercar top rear view

Flying Supercar top rear views

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Passenger hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft
  • Piloting: Unknown
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Maximum cruise speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
  • Range: 500 km (310 m)
  • Flight time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Empty weight: 1,250 kg (2,756 lb)
  • Maximum payload weight: 200 kg (441 lb)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1,450 kg (3,197 lb)
  • Propellers:  12 electric ducted fans (EDFs) for forward flight, 8 propellers for VTOL flight
  • Electric motors: 20 electric motors
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source using hydrogen fuel cells
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Length: 10.5 meters (34 ft, 5-14 in)
  • Height: 2.3 meters (7 ft, 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 11 meters (36 ft, 1 in)
  • Window: Canopy over cockpit
  • Wings: 1 main high wing with winglets
  • Tail: 1 twin-boom mounted horizontal stabilizer
  • Landing gear: Lands on the bottom of the VTOL propeller housings or has retractable landing gear
  • Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) means having multiple propellers (or electric ducted fans) and multiple electric motors on an aircraft so if one or more propellers (or electric ducted fans) or some electric motors fail, the other working propellers (or electric ducted fans) and electric motors can safely land the aircraft. DEP provides safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft providing safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. Having multiple redundant systems on any aircraft decreases having any single point of failure. There is also a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute in case of an unexpected inflight emergency. The aircraft will also have airbags inside the cabin.

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