Mayman Aerospace Speeder Air Utility Car

Speeder Air Utility Vehicle Mayman AerospaceU.S. Air Drive AFWERX Agility Prime Initiative Grants Mayman Aerospace $1.25M in Funding for improvement of Speeder Air Utility Car, an extremely compact VTOL.

by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian M Crosby

Yesterday, world chief in vertical take-off and touchdown (VTOL) know-how Mayman Aerospace introduced its acquisition of US$1.25 million in funding from the AFWERX Agility Prime initiative to assist within the additional improvement of the Speeder AUV (Air Utility Car).

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Agility Prime places the U.S. Air Drive involved with firms creating VTOL platforms, and collaborates with them to ascertain new lessons of air mobility programs. AFWERX’s funding demonstrates that the extremely adaptable Speeder AUV is a decisive match for air forces and associated navy branches.

Able to transferring 600lb+ of payload at 500mph, Speeder is uniquely suited to contested logistics missions, delivering important materiel and help in energetic navy theatres. Moreover, missions aimed toward extending survivability that require a mix of pace, accuracy and immediacy will be supported by the AUV. Easy to function in autonomous, distant, or piloted modes, Speeder flight operations will be simply dealt with within the subject and the plane quickly deployed to satisfy fast mission wants.  The platform is scalable – from as small as a suitcase to the scale of a small automotive – transportable in a pick-up truck, and requires minimal subject help, all of which makes it enticing to particular forces operators.

“Speeder is a disruptive know-how that’s altering the way in which we take into consideration small VTOL plane. It has unimaginable capabilities and is completely suited to complicated, demanding and sometimes harmful DOD contested logistics missions,” mentioned Mayman Aerospace CEO and Founder David Mayman. “We’re honored {that a} U.S. Air Drive company acknowledges our know-how and understands the inherent worth an AUV can carry to navy forces. With the AFWERX funding we’re even higher positioned to ship and certify Speeder for navy necessities throughout the subsequent eighteen months.”

With a minimal floor footprint in comparison with a helicopter, Speeder can also be considerably extra simple and reasonably priced to acquire and function. Speeder rapidly transports heavy payloads over a major vary, and will be flown both beneath full management with vectored-engine thrust, or with quick-fit aerodynamic surfaces for longer missions. The turbine-powered AUV forgoes the restrictions imposed by battery applied sciences, and will be simply refueled from the sphere with Jet A-1, SAF or diesel. The mix of its small dimension, high-speed and low-altitude flight traits lead to a tough goal for small arms, MANPADS and IADS, circumventing the vulnerabilities of rotary-wing and different transport belongings. “We welcome Mayman Aerospace to this system,” mentioned AFWERX Program Director, Lt. Col. Nathan P. Diller. “We’re happy to be supporting the event and testing of their plane and stay up for the outcomes.”

Two Speeder prototypes have already accomplished preliminary tethered flight trials, with a 3rd at present underway.  This latest prototype, the P2, is ready to be configured with 4 or eight engines and is anticipated to obtain FAA Experimental certification to fly off-tether by the tip of the yr.

In anticipation of excessive demand as a consequence of vital navy and particular missions curiosity, Mayman Aerospace has began accepting letters of intent and pre-orders for Speeder. Mayman and his workforce collaborated alongside Matter Labs to win the direct to Section II SBIR, (Small Enterprise Innovation Analysis) grant.

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in know-how, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.


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