During three years of product development, this 2/3rd scale proof-of-concept has evolved from a concept enterered into a global competition ~ in the form of GoFly's challenge ~ to the point where it incorporates all of the lessons learned.
The modular design of the TELEDRONE is deliverable in flat packed format for kit assembly for the lowest outlay and on the shortest timescale. Key to the design is an outline which comprises four identical cantilevers in a square frame made of aluminium extrusions. These are extended by off-the-shelf parts that extend it downward in support of landing skids.
The prototype in development is set to address a market for a simple ground-effect vehicle that can be used to substitute for boats, ATVs or hovercraft in niche markets. Nonetheless the design has the scope to be supplemented with additional motors in order to create an octocopter suitable for higher altitude operation.
This way forward is designed to promote a practical layout (registered design no. 6145740 in the UK) as the accessible means with which to exploit a potential market for eVTOL efforts, aiming at the regular transportation of individuals.
The design has been frozen in order to pursue flight-testing at scale, as the foundation for an enlarged airframe equipped with power-units sufficient to raise an adult into the air.
31st October 2021