JetQuad: Quad-Turbine VTOL Drone
Introducing the world's smallest and most powerful jet-powered drone with vertical take-off and landing capabilities: AB5 JetQuad
A New Type of Aircraft
JetQuad is like an unmanned, scaled-down version of the Harrier Jump-Jet
The AB5 JetQuad is a new type of aircraft. This is not a quadcopter, nor a helicopter, nor an airplane. Four micoturbine jet-engines produce a combined 200-Horsepower at full throttle and are all coupled with proprietary Thrust Vectoring Systems. We refer to this design as the "H-Configuration" - this is the first ever configuration in which the jet-engines alone provide the power for both vertical and horizontal flight as well as complete attitude control of the vehicle. The result is a compact, fully-autonomous, all-diesel drone, that can take-off and land virtually from any surface and capable of high speeds and payload capacity.
Compact and Lightweight
The AB5 JetQuad is specifically designed so that it can easily be carried by a single person. Empty and unloaded, the drone weighs 50lbs and has convenient rails to hold onto. In addition, the small footprint of the drone means it can be transported using most common ground vehicles.
Extensive Payload Accomodations
The naturally sleek and flat configuration of the JetQuad allows for both highly aerodynamic horizontal flight as well as the ability to accommodate many different style payloads. Payloads of various weights and sizes may be easily mounted on the front, back, and top. Extra-large payloads may be easily mounted underneath the vehicle in a very similar configuration to the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Sky Crane System. The Thrust Vectoring Systems are designed specifically to divert all hot gases away from the vehicle allowing for the undercarriage payload to remain cool throughout the flight. In addition, the jet-engines can also generate plenty of on-board electricity to power most of modern payloads.
Versatile and Scalable
The design of the AB5 JetQuad is simple and easily scalable. Larger versions of this drone can support ultra-heavy cargo without the expensive price-tag of renting out a similar (by size) helicopter. The JetQuad technology brings us one step closer to a real flying car: a machine that looks like an ordinary car, fueled by Diesel, and fits in a standard parking space. Not only that, the jet-engines are inherently simple and reliable devices that may also be augmented with additional features to greatly boost their performance, resulting a faster and even more capable vehicle. Our aim is to not just disrupt the drone industry but fundamentally change the way we travel through air.
Key Advantages: Jet-Engines and Diesel
The performance of the AB5 JetQuad surpasses all other drone technologies for two main reasons: the use of jet-engines for propulsion, and diesel for fuel. The microturbines (small jet-engines) have the highest power-to-mass and power-to-volume densities of all known air-breathing engines. This means that when compared to similar-sized Internal Combustion Engines or electrical motors (as used in most modern drone designs) the jet-engines can output significantly more power. Furthermore, diesel fuel which is readily available anywhere in the world has 40-times more energy density then conventional Lithium Polymer batteries and takes minutes to refuel instead of hours that it takes to recharge batteries. When combined together, the product is a very compact and reliable drone that can go faster and carry more then any other drone of similar size.
|Fuel Tank Size||5 gallon|
|Fuel Weight||40 lb|
|Dry Vehicle Weight||50 lb|
|Payload Weight||40 lb|
|Total Take-off Weight||130 lb|
|Total thrust at Lift Off||160 lbf|
|Thrust-to-Weight at Lift-off||1.2|
|Propulsion Power (Max)||200 HP|
|Endurance (loiter)||30 min|
|Endurance (cruise)||15 min|
|Cruise Velocity||300 mph +|
|Range (there-and-back)||25 miles|
|Vehicle Dimensions||4ft L X 4ft W X 2ft H|
|Fuel Consumption (Max)||0.3 gal / min|
|Altitude (Theoretical)||30,000 ft +|