Built like an F1 race car…but it’s for the sky
15 August 2017
Back to the future at 88mph?! Imagine what DeLorean Aerospace’s autonomous aircraft, DR-7, can do at 240mph! Doc would have a field day...
The DR-7 aircraft is poised to significantly impact not only the field of general aviation, but the entire global transportation industry. Designed to be flown with minimal operator training, this VTOL aircraft uses an autonomous flight control system that will also allow manual operation for the performance flying enthusiast.
How does it work?
Compact, lightweight, and deceptively simple, the DR-7 is maneuvered by a pair of 360° thrust-vectoring electric ducted fan units. Located along the vehicle centreline, DeLorean Aerospace’s patented architecture's propulsion system provides unique performance advantages, while also enabling an inherently stable platform. The DR-7's carbon composite body is a monocoque structure, similar to an F1 racer, and will accommodate two passengers in a comfortable, fighter-jet style tandem seating arrangement.
Multiple active and passive safety features, including a patent pending failsafe for loss of power emergencies - while hovering or in forward flight - will make this among the safest aircraft ever created.
In addition to its safety enhancements, the DR-7 is designed for excellent cruising efficiency. With its centreline twin vectoring propulsion system (CTV), drag is greatly reduced, while the fuselage functions as an airfoil to improve efficiency and increase low speed stall resistance. The thrust vectoring fan system eliminates the need for a rudder, further reducing drag and allowing higher cruising speeds.
With ground-clearing compact fan units, the DR-7 is also capable of conventional launches and landings, i.e., using runways, in conditions which preclude VTOL operation.
What sets the DR-7 apart?
The DR-7 stands alone from the competition not only by its performance envelope, but also with its low mechanical complexity. Using just two primary propulsion units, versus four or more, as proposed by other concepts, reduces potential failure points. Manufacturing and maintenance costs promise to be extremely low as well, making this a very favourable option for fleet applications such as urban air taxis.
About DeLorean Aerospace
DeLorean Aerospace was founded in 2012 with a mission to bring the freedom and exhilaration of personal air transportation to the masses. Paul J. DeLorean, founder and CEO, established the company based on a personal vision to satisfy a long-standing need for new transportation channels based on cutting edge technology, innovation, and design.
Length: 19.5ft (fits a typical home garage or parking space)
Wingspan: 18.5ft (7.5ft folded)
Power System: Rechargeable Electric
Cruising Speed: 150mph
Top Speed: 240mph
Range: 120 miles