Teledrone Ltd is based in the United Kingdom and was incorporated to design an affordable electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The Teledrone project was one of 31 to qualify for the second phase of the GoFly Challenge, having been established to investigate the potential for an airframe designed to 'teleport' passengers by the simplest means or nearly as simple as making a phone call.
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.
He works with an accountant, electrical engineer, IP associate and executive director to steer the development of this simplest embodiment of the outline and the prototype will be beta-tested as a ground-effect vehicle for reconnaissance, minefield maneuver and ‘over-water’ leisure market.
Teledrone Mark V sub-scale eVTOL multicopter prototype (now defunct)
The Teledrone Mark V is a sub-scale eVTOL multicopter and is the basis for the future development for kit sales for the U.S. market under the Ultralight aircraft or U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103.
The Teledrone Mark V has four propellers, four electric motors and is powered by four battery packs. The eVTOL demonstrator weighs 25 kg (55 lb), its dimensions are 121.92 cm X 121.92 cm (48" X 48") and can fly as a regular RC drone in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The sub-scale demonstrator has an opened framed metal fuselage. From the bottom up, there are two fixed-skid type landing gear, with two posts on each skid which support a square metal frame which make the base of the fuselage that has a small floor with a seat installed to hold a small mannequin. The four propellers are mounted under the open square metal fuselage.
The company plans on crowd-funding this project for the full scale prototype will be called the Mark V (beta) model will have eight propellers, eight electric motors and battery packs. The dimensions of the aircraft are 152.4 cm X 152.4 cm (60" X 60") with double the power. The Teledrone Mark V will be able an adult mannequin using radio control or lift a full size adult. If an adults flies the aircraft, the eVTOL aircraft will have fly-by-wire controls including a cyclic stick, collective lever and anti-torque foot pedals.
The prototype flew on Dec. 2, 2021 at the Somerset Levels the test-envelope was 55.56 km/h (30 knots) at 9.144 m (30 feet). When the production model is made, the aircraft's name will be the Teledrone Mark V.
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. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.
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