This is the Real Deal – A working
“Flying Car” prototype!
The Moller M400X Skycar® Prototype
Own the one and only prototype of the Moller M400 Skycar®. This test vehicle
has flown repeatedly and demonstrated its hover capabilities in over a dozen
flights at the Moller International facilities in Davis, California.
This M400 Skycar prototype first flew successfully in an
early 2002 test flight followed by a press flight on August 26, 2002. It
is the first and only M400 Skycar prototype and is being offered in its “as
flown at the press flight” condition with all systems intact including command
software, double redundant stability system, fly-by-wire controls and eight
unique Rotapower engines.
The Skycar® prototype is a milestone in the development of
vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The culmination of over 35
years of aeronautical engineering, the prototype M400 is the latest in a long
line of vehicles designed and built under the direction of Paul S. Moller,
President of Moller International. Ground and flight tests with this vehicle
started in September 2001 and have continued to present. It is suitable for
test and evaluation only and is not certified for use by the Federal Aviation
Authority nor as a licensed road vehicle.
The prototype M400 Skycar®, is powered by eight air-cooled
Rotapower® rotary engines; two in each of the four nacelles. Each nacelle
contains two engines and two independently rotating fans and is capable of
generating approximately 500 pounds of vertical thrust. The nacelles rotate 45
degrees and have thrust deflection vanes that provide for an additional
45-degree change in direction of the airflow to produce the 90-degree
(vertical) thrust required for takeoff and hovering. Both the nacelles and
deflection vanes are intended to operate in the horizontal position while at
Stabilization for the aircraft is provided by an onboard digital computer
system. The system is composed of two identical computers, providing redundant
control over primary systems. Designated systems “A” and “B”, the
digital computers process inputs from the onboard gyroscopes (2),
accelerometers and rate sensors to determine the attitude of the aircraft and
provide commands to each of the eight engines to correct for un-commanded
changes caused by turbulence. The current M400 prototype’s system is the
third generation of the computerized stabilization system, and is based upon
systems used in the M200X (analog) and Aerobot® (digital).
The M400 prototype is currently being tested using methanol
fuel, but can also be operated on 87-octane gasoline. The vehicle is currently
equipped with two fuel tanks. Recent hover flights have used fuel provided by
a small (8 gallon) pressurized tank to minimize the onboard fire hazard. This
auxiliary system is designed to use methanol. The original fuel tank is in
place and designed for use with gasoline. The engines are currently outfitted
with high-flow fuel injectors suitable for use with methanol.
The onboard computer systems provide instructions to the engines via a
“fly-by-wire” system designed exclusively for this one-of-a-kind aircraft.
Feedback from the onboard systems is provided to the command consoles and
provides detailed diagnostic and real-time flight condition information to the
ground crew. Although the Skycar® prototype was designed for an onboard pilot
and is equipped with cockpit-mounted controls, it has been flown only unmanned
using the remote controls. Two command consoles and a third system used to
remotely set Engine Computer Units (ECU) parameters are included in the sale
of the prototype M400.
For more detailed information about the Skycar and Moller
International, please visit www.moller.com.
See the Manufacturers Website for
information about the company and other skycar designs like the M150 Skycar.
Moller M150 Skycar was designed for single person VTOL. The picture shows a
prototype of the M150 that was displayed at a motorshow in Essen, Germany.
M150 SKYCAR SPECIFICATIONS
|3.7m, 2.4m, 1.5m
||12'x 8'x 5'
||12'x 8'x 5'
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