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Vinata Aeromobility Air Cargo (concept design)

Vinata Aeromobility Air Cargo hybrid-electric VTOL concept design drone

 

Air Cargo (concept design)
Vinata Aeromobility
Korattur Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
www.vinataeromobility.com

In 2021, Yogesh Ramanathan, CEO & Lead Designer, founded Vinata Aeromobility in Korattur Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. The company is in the business of developing a fully autonomous hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) combination aircraft and road vehicle for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company has expertise in quad-configuration VTOL technology, quadcopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), automotive design, hybrid systems, aerospace, aviation, urban air mobility, transportation and logistics. The company is currently looking for investors.

Air Cargo hybrid-electric VTOL cargo drone and road vehicle
The Air Cargo is an autonomous piloted hybrid-electric VTOL cargo drone and road vehicle. The aircraft has two gull-wing doors for load and unload the air cargo. Air cargo is an important part of advance air mobility, allowing companies to deliver goods at a much faster rate than by truck delivery.

The aircraft has an estimated cruise speed (in the air) of 120 km/h (75 mph) and the foreseen range (air) of the aircraft is 100 km (62 miles). The flight time of the aircraft is anticipated to be 60 minutes. The aircraft has eight propellers, four road wheels, 12 electric motors and is powered by Lithium-ion batteries. There is a short V-tail in the rear of the aircraft.

The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite for a high strength and low weight ratio. The calculated maximum altitude is 914 m (3,000 ft). The predicted empty weight of the vehicle is 990 kg (2,183 lb), with a maximum payload weight of 200 kg (441 lbs) and a maximum takeoff weight of 1,190 kg (2,624 lb).

The aircraft is an eight propeller quad-copter type aircraft using eight electric motors, a hybrid-electric power source and has four fixed wheels for its landing gear. The aircraft will also be able to travel on roads autonomously.

The company says that safety is their highest priority. The aircraft/road vehicle will incorporate software flight-envelope protection, return-to-home capability, geofencing, soft-landing assistance and has a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system.

The company has stated the aircraft is quiet, safe, comfortable, is user friendly, sustainable, eco-friendly and is affordable. The Vinata Aeromobility Cargo Drone aircraft/road vehicle is also a scalable.

Air Cargo drone at a ship yard

Air Cargo drone at a ship yard

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL cargo drone
  • Piloting: Autonomous
  • Capacity: Cargo
  • Cruise speed (air): 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • Range (air): 100 km (62 miles)
  • Flight time: 60 minutes
  • Maximum altitude: 914 m (3,000 ft)
  • Empty weight: 990 kg (2,183 lb)
  • Maximum payload: 200 kg (441 lbs)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1,190 kg (2,624 lb)
  • Propellers: 8 propellers
  • Electric Motors: 12 electric propellers (8 for propellers, 4 for ground wheels)
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric using bio-fuel
  • Fuel tank capacity: 110 liters (29 g)
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Tail: V-tail
  • Landing gear: 4 fixed quadricycle wheeled landing gear which are also used for road travel
  • 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 aircraft has a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute system and a return-to-home capability.

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