Cost Effective Performance
From its inception, the Skycar® has been designed to minimize both direct and indirect costs. The Skycar® uses the Rotapower® engine which can burn almost any fuel from diesel to natural gas making worldwide refueling possible. Using gasoline, the Skycar® is expected to get over 20 mpg. With a range of 750 miles, the logistics associated with refueling the shorter-range helicopter can be eliminated.
The Rotapower® engines have only two major moving parts, weigh less than 80 pounds, and occupy less than one cubic foot. The bulk of the remaining technology is electronic and replaceable in modules as the onboard redundant systems identify a failed or malfunctioning component.
Vehicle size greatly affects ground mobility and parking space required. The Skycar®, with its compact size, can be stored in a space the size of a standard single car garage. The landing gear on the vehicle make it possible to drive for short distances to and from take-off locations.
Initially introduced as the M400, a four-seat model, the Skycar® has the ability to be both scaled up to a six passenger, Skycar® 600, or scaled down to a single passenger, Skycar® 100. This allows a cost efficient vehicle size to accommodate a variety of military, paramilitary, and commercial transport missions.
Time Critical Performance
The Skycar's® combined VTOL and speed capability make extremely rapid response possible. Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical, Drug Interdiction, Surveillance, or Critical Personnel Transport are examples where minutes saved can literally mean the difference between success and failure, life and death, or thousands of dollars. Helicopters have traditionally offered the flexibility necessary in these applications allowing for ingress and egress into a limited space where fixed wing aircraft do not have access. The performance penalties for using helicopters, as compared to fixed wing aircraft, have been a low maximum cruise speed of approximately 125 mph, a limited range of around 300 miles, and a restricted operational ceiling of less than 15,000 feet.
The Skycar® 400, by utilizing its VTOL capability, has the flexible access and maneuvering of a helicopter. In addition, it has a 300+ mph maximum speed, a 750+ mile range, and the operational ceiling of 30,000+ feet, similar to that of a high performance aircraft. The Skycar® can also climb at more than a mile per minute.
Potential Uses of Moller Skycar®