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VRCO NeoXCraft

Vehicle Redesign Company, Ltd
Nottingham, England

VRCO’s NeoXcraft is an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vectored thrust high-speed vehicle that will fly, drive on land, and can land and take off on water. The project began in 2016 with operational testing slated for 2019 and certification in 2020. The NeoXcraft's feasibility and power optimization studies were undertaken by the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering in 2017.

The NeoXcraft is a short lift-body fuselage/cockpit with electric ducted propellers fore and aft on each side. The ducts and propellers can go from vertical lift to horizontal flight mode. It will cruise at 210 mph (338 km) with at least a 60 minute duration with a flying distance of 75 miles 120 kilometers) and is slated to have a 25 minute recharging period. It has a maximum take-off weight of 992 lb (450 kg) including a 396 lb (180 kg) payload of two passengers and can fly autonomously.

It includes an emergency parachute system in case of multiple engine failures or a total power failure. The craft has been designed and engineered with multiple redundant safety systems, a suite of sensors to assist pilots and also to detect and avoid objects using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology. The sensors are designed to keep passengers safe whether on the ground or in the air because they allow real-time 3D mapping and object detection, tracking and classification.

VRCO plans to market the craft as a luxury vehicle and is building its interior to be spacious and fit the high class concept. The company has formed a pilot academy to learn to fly the craft and is also taking reservations to own the vehicle when it hits the market. According to a BBC News report in the fall of 2018, the expected cost for this aircraft will be approximately $1.9 million USD.

NeoXCraft Characteristics (updated December 2017):

Aerial cruise speed 180 kts 333 kph
Seating 2 persons
Flight time 60 min duration off a single charge on the initial battery pack (upgradeable)