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.

Compact and Lightweight design of the AB5 JetQuad

 

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.

 

Potential Markets

Maritime

Today, the worldwide shipping business is worth billions of dollars. However, security of these vessels is of great concern due to rising levels of piracy and escalating tensions between nations. A container ship may easily house several JetQuad drones capable of establishing a wide security perimeter around the ship even in adverse weather conditions 24-7.

Medical

Delivering emergency medicine or organs from hospital to hospital or directly to the patient requires a high-speed and compact drone, just like the JetQuad. The jet-engines provide the drone with the ability to travel faster then any ambulance or helicopter, while the vertical take-off and landing capability allow to the drone to land virtually anywhere.

Construction

Construction projects, specifically in high altitude locations, often require the rental of expensive and non-reliable helicopters to transport tools and building supplies. The JetQuad drone can be easily transported to the construction site via a standard ground vehicle. The jet-engines allow the drone to both lift a lot of weight and operate at high altitudes where ordinary rotor-based vehicles simply cannot work.

 

Front view of the AB5 JetQuad

 

Technical Specifications

Parameter Value
Model AB5
Fuel Tank Size 5 gallon
Fuel Weight 40 lb
Fuel Diesel
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 +