Moller International has developed the first and only feasible and affordable personal vertical take-off and...
Moller International has developed the first and only feasible and affordable personal vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles.
Commuter & Military Solutions
The Skycar family of vehicles include versions for 2, 4, or 6 persons. Capable of vertical take-off and landing similar to a helicopter, and flies from point of departure to destination much like an airplane. The Skycar has been designed to also travel at low speed for short distances on the ground like an automobile. It has fold-up wings which make it narrow enough to be usable on roadways. All this and, incredibly, it’s easy to fly!
Recreation & Rescue Solutions
The multi-purpose Neuera can operate up to 400 feet above any surface: land, water, sand, snow, swamp or grasslands. It can be used like other recreational vehicles, combining the capabilities of a boat, hovercraft, ATV, snowmobile or other off-road vehicles. The Neuera will be manufactured as a 2 person recreational vehicle. For rescue and emergency services, a 4 person version with design enhancements will also be manufactured under the product name Firefly®
Light & Powerful Engines
The secret to the power, safety and fuel economy of all Moller aircraft is the Rotapower rotary engine. Freedom Motor’s Rotapower engine has a high power to weight ratio (3:1), only two moving parts and almost no vibration under operation. The engines have a life time expectancy 10,000+ hours between major overahauls. With multiple engines onboard, Moller aircraft are designed to fly even in the unlikely event of an engine failure.
The Discovery Channel recently broadcast an interview with me on the show Daily Planet. (We received permission to share this interview with newsletter subscribers, and it can be viewed here. Please do not share this on social media or we may be forced to take down the video). I agreed to this interview only because of its emphasis on the Rotapower® engine’s ability to use anaerobically generated (man-made) biogas. Moller International gets an enormous number of requests from various world wide news agencies to do a story on the Skycar®. However, until Freedom Motors has the Rotapower® engine in at least limited production, MI is not interested in promoting the Skycar® further. It only brings additional interest in the Skycar® from the general public, and they also question why MI has not yet produced it.
Within the next few years battery powered air-taxis will be available for trips up to 25 miles between vertiports for one or possibly two passengers. How far beyond this distance and payload can safely be flown will depend on battery life. When I mentioned these limitations during the recent SAE Aerotech Conference, a member of the audience asked, “why not use a bigger battery”. The answer is that as all-up weight (AUW) increases, the energy required from the propulsion system increases much faster. Energy from batteries is so low that adding a larger battery could actually reduce the payload. This will limit air-taxing to short low payload flights between the tops of commercial buildings.
Moller International is working with a number of developers of the various hybrid components required for its Skycars®. These include batteries from A123 Battery Systems in Taiwan and Turnigy Power Systems in China, as well as electric motors from Yasa Motors in Great Britain and Emrax Motors in Slovenia. Surprisingly no US company produces these required hybrid components.