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Vira Drones M-1000 Helicopter (concept design)

Vira Drones M-1000 Helicopter Logistic heavy-lift air cargo hybrid-electric VTOL concept design modular rotorcarft drone

 

M-1000 Helicopter Logistic (concept design)
Vira Drones
Payerne, Switzerland
www.viradrones.com

Vira Drones was founded in November 2018 by CEO Valeriy Gorshkov and CTO Igor Maslov. The company has offices in both Germany and Switzerland. The company is in the business of making medium-lift and heavy-lift, air cargo and fire-rescue, hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drones for advanced air mobility (AAM). On January 26, 2022, Vira Drones was acquired by ILUS International. (Image credit: Vira Drones)

The company is also designing several modular heavy-lift air cargo drones that will connect to each other to form a larger aircraft and these drones will be able to haul heavier and larger-sized payloads. The company's drones are being designed to have a long flight range, a long flight time and be able to fly in most weather conditions.

M-1000 Helicopter Logistic heavy-lift air cargo hybrid-electric VTOL concept design modular rotorcarft
The M-1000 Helicopter Logistic is a heavy-lift air cargo hybrid-electric VTOL concept design modular rotorcraft drone. The drone is flown using autopilot or has a remote controlled option. The company has revealed at least one drawing of the M-1000 Helicopter Logistic connected to one other M-1000 Helicopter Logistic rotorcraft to increase the payload size of the helicopter. But it is unknown if the modular of the helicopter drone design has been technically feasible.

The M-1000 Helicopter Logistic has an projected cruise speed between 250 km/h (155 mph) and has an anticipated flight time from between two to eight hours. The predicted maximum payload weight is between 400-1,000 kg (882-2,205 lb). It is important to remember that all concept design aircraft specifications are estimated and can or will change as prototypes and production models are made, tested and flown with real world avionics, components and payloads.

The aircraft has been designed with two transverse-rotorblades (the rotorblades are mounted side-by-side), has two electric motors and has a hybrid-electric power source. The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite for a high strength to low weight ratio. The helicopter has doors on both ends of the fuselage allowing ease of loading and unloading of the air cargo. The fuselage is also completely enclosed which will protect the air cargo from bad weather conditions. The helicopter has an inverted U high boom tail and has fixed skid landing gear.

Aerial mission applications
The company foresees their heavy-lift air cargo drones for logistic purposes for missions such as construction, agriculture, ship-to-shore, humanitarian aid and in war zones.

M-1000 Helicopter Logistics being loaded

M-1000 Helicopter Logistics being loaded

M-1000 Helicopter Logistics different views

M-1000 Helicopter Logistics different views

M-1000 Helicopter Logistics in an expanded modular configuration

M-1000 Helicopter Logistics in an expanded modular configuration

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Heavy-lift hybrid-electric VTOL concept design rotorcraft
  • Piloting: Autopilot or has remote controlled option
  • Capacity: Air cargo only
  • Maximum cruise speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
  • Range: Unknown
  • Flight time: 2-8 hours
  • Maximum payload weight: 400-1,000 kg (882-2,205 lb)
  • Propellers: 2 transverse-rotorblades (the rotorblades are mounted side-by-side)
  • Electric motors: 2 electric motors
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite fuselage
  • Tail: Inverted U high boom tail
  • Landing gear: Fixed skid 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.

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