Skycar® 400

Four passenger VTOL aircraft

Skycar® 400

The Skycar® 400 is the 5th generation of VTOL aircraft developed by Dr. Paul Moller and is now in the “operational prototype” stage. The Skycar® combines the high-speed capabilities of a fixed wing aircraft with the vertical take-off and landing capabilities of a helicopter. Its ducted fans provide lift and propulsion without the dangers of exposed rotor blades and high maintenance costs of rotary-winged aircraft. The vehicle employs state-of-the-art fly-by-wire computer technology to monitor, control, and maintain stability of the aircraft, while simultaneously making it simple and easy to operate.

In the future, passengers will not be required to fly the aircraft, as the Skycar® will be an autonomous aircraft utilizing advanced onboard environment scanning and precise positioning systems, the highway-in-the-sky (HITS) and automated air traffic control in order to fly between destinations and avoid other air-traffic.

Skycar® 400 Targeted Performance

VTOL Configuration        Four thrust-vectoring nacelles with two counter-rotating Rotapower® engines per nacelle. Hybrid design configurations are currently under development
Passengers        2+2
Emergency Airframe Parachutes        Yes
Fuel Type        Ethanol
Noise Level at 500ft (Goal)        65 dBA
Dimensions (L x W x H)        21.5’ x 8.5’ x 7.5’
Operational ceiling        36,000 ft
Takeoff and landing area        35 ft dia
Max speed @sea-level        331 mph
Cruise Max speed @20,000 ft        308 mph
Rate of climb @sea-level        4,800 fpm
Endurance        5.9 hours
Disc loading        140 lb/ft2
Range @ 131 mph (21.3 mpg)        805 miles
Net payload        720 lbs
Gross weight        2,400 lbs
Continuous Engine Power (Total)        720 hp
Maximum Lift/Drag        12.5

M400X Nacell Rotation Test

M400X Demonstration Flight

M400X Test Flight

Flying the M400 Skycar®

This is a fan-made 1080p HD video, using Microsoft Flight Simulator X and the latest model of the M400 Skycar®.