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 VI sub-scale eVTOL multicopter prototype (now defunct)
The Teledrone Mark VI is a sub-scale eVTOL multicopter prototype 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 (FAA), Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103. For the production model, the pilot will stand the entire time during flights and use fly-by-wire controls.
The Teledrone Mark VI has four propellers, four electric motors and is powered by four battery packs. The maximum speed of the multicopter is estimated at 92 km/h (57 mph). The propellers are attached to a square frame located above the opened framed metal fuselage. The eVTOL demonstrator weighs 13 kg (29 lb) and has four fixed horizontal tubes for its landing gear.
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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