Teledrone Mark II (defunct)
Skelmersdale, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Leading the Teledrone project is Colin Hilton, with 15,000 hours flight experience and over 10,000 command hours on Boeing and Airbus types. He is a qualified trainer participating in flight safety programs. His previous designs attracted the interest of the British Technology Group and demonstrated to Margaret Thatcher’s minister of technology beside the National Physical Laboratory.
Hilton works with an accountant, electrical engineer, IP associate and executive director to steer the development of the Teledrone prototypes and foresees the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to be used for reconnaissance, minefield maneuvers and the leisure market.
The Teledrone Mark II is a 2⁄3 scale prototype used in the GoFly Prize competition Phase II. The first flight test of the Mark II took place in February 2020, inside a basket ball gym. Additional flights were both indoor and outdoor flights, were untethered and remotely flown. The target cruise speed for the eVTOL aircraft is 93 km/h (58 mph, 50 kt) at a cruise altitude of 457 m (1,500 ft) with a range of 8 km (5 miles).
The aircraft design is actually based upon the Dr. Who (A British science fiction TV show) where the main character travels through space and time in a blue British police phone booth. In the United Kingdom, many people are familiar with this TV show and like the phone booth space ship. Hilton choose a British red phone booth for the reason that it’s already a likable British icon (and similar to Dr. Who’s time-traveling space ship) and since you can put electric motors, propellers and a controller on just about anything and make it fly, the Teledrone was invented.
The aircraft is designed for one person but could be fitted with a second rear facing seat. The goal is to keep the weight under 25 kg (55 lb) allowing the aircraft to be registered as a drone and not a passenger aircraft.
Hilton sees the aircraft being remotely controlled at first, then later a version where the passenger has the controller in the aircraft allowing the person to pilot the aircraft themselves. Then future versions could be autonomous and have a detection and avoidance system so the aircraft won’t hit buildings, telephone wires, trees or any other structure or object during manual or autonomous flight. Making the aircraft uncrashable. One application for the Teledrone would be to program a route to fly a child safely to school and back every day.
Teledrone has the goal of making a very low cost eVTOL aircraft which is easy to fly and very affordable. Hilton wants to make his Teledrone to be made similar to an Ikea product. You order it online, it gets shipped to you in the morning, you build it and are flying it that afternoon.
Teledrone has the goal of making a very low cost eVTOL aircraft which is easy to fly and very affordable. This will allow more people, companies, organizations or the military to use eVTOL aircraft for affordable urban air mobility (UAM) flight and for other applications.
Details on Teledrone's other aircraft may be found on the Teledrone, Teledrone Mark I, Teledrone Mark III, and Teledrone Mark IV pages.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL
- Capacity: 1 person
- Cruise speed: 93 km/h (58 mph, 50 kt)
- Cruise altitude: 457 m (1,500 ft)
- Range: 8 km (5 miles) at cruise speed and altitude
- Empty weight: 25 kg (55 lb)
- Battery type: LiPo batteries made for ease-of-use swapping
- Teledrone website
- Teledrone Blogspot website
- Collin Hilton YouTube
- Article: Meet the Teams: Get to Know Team Teledrone, From the United Kingdom, Go Fly Prize, Jan. 15, 2019
- Video: Indoor untethered remotely piloted flight test on Feb. 20, 2020, Colin Hilton, Feb. 21, 2020
- Video: Indoor untethered remotely piloted flight test on Feb. 25, 2020, Colin Hilton, Feb. 25, 2020
- Video: Outdoor untethered remotely piloted flight test on Feb. 28, 2020, Colin Hilton, Mar. 11, 2020