One British engineering firm is developing a vertical take-off, vertical landing cargo plane promising to revolutionise goods transportation in areas without sufficient infrastructure.
The revolutionary concept, called the VV-Plane, was developed by Kent-based 4x4 Aviation. It relies on a hybrid propulsion system, drawing energy from electric turbines powered by a battery pack and a highly efficient combustion engine acting as the aircraft’s on-board generator.
The aircraft is controlled by an intuitive software system that allows the transition from vertical to horizontal flight without the need for heavy and expensive mechanical tilting devices. Its vertical take-off, vertical landing capability allows it to land practically anywhere, making it a viable option for delivering supplies to areas with insufficient transport infrastructure.
“Local and national economies, as well as developing countries, are today struggling to meet the ever-increasing demands for transport infrastructure. A viable solution will generate huge economic and social benefits for these countries,” said Thorsten U Reinhardt, the company’s founder.
The company says the plane could deliver cargo more cost-effectively than road trucks, as it could offer better cost per tonne. The calculation was made for a distance of up to 3,300m with the plane travelling at 300km/h.
As the first stage of the development draws to an end the company is actively seeking funding for the next stage in its evolution, which will revolve around the development of the company’s innovative technology portfolio that apart from the VV-Plane includes a low-cost, combustion engine, an inexpensive energy-storage solution as well as electric-turbine technology.
The following video shows the VV-plane concept: