Moller M400 Skycar 'the Flying Car' powered by Rotapower
It was in the development of the Skycar that it became clear that tiny, super-lightweight and super-lean engines with few critical moving parts were crucial if the Skycar were ever to realise its destiny. The Rotapower family of engines became an extraordinary spin-off business from this development.
The M400 Skycar: The Perfect Executive Aircraft
The M400 will be pressurized and certified for instrument flight into known icing conditions and will feature composite materials construction, an advanced glass cockpit, and digital flight controls. These advanced technologies will provide new levels of performance, reliability and affordability to the aviation world while the intuitive controls will provide unmatched ease of piloting. The open architecture of the Skycar’s computer-assisted flight controls will permit future improvements in automated air traffic control to be quickly coupled with the aircraft to facilitate integration of these emerging “Highway in the Sky” routing and planning functions. This era of fast, safe and easy-to-operate personal transportation could stimulate the growth of thousands of community and urban vertiports, portals through which future Skycar users can access both business and residential locations.
Designed from the outset for low life cycle maintenance and maximum operational flexibility, this powered-lift aircraft will offer operators highly cost-effective, point-to-point transportation at cruise speeds up to 275 knots and at ranges up to 750 nautical miles (depending on operational parameters and atmospheric conditions). With an initial cost of $995,000 and delivery dates estimated for mid-2009, the Skycar will prove to be an exceptional value with extraordinary, never before available, capabilities.
On October 26, 2002 in Davis, California, Moller International made aviation history with the inaugural test flight of the world's first powered-lift aircraft intended for civilian use. In a private showing before the Company’s shareholders the vehicle was demonstrated in a brief, unmanned, tethered hover flight. “We have blended the best of today’s technology to create the Skycar: the strength and weight savings of composite materials, the speed, reliability and affordability of state-of-the-art electronics and our remarkable power plant, the Rotapower® engine, to produce this first-of-its-kind aircraft” said Dr. Paul Moller, the inventor and President of Moller International.
After nearly seven years of continuous development and refinement the Skycar is approaching its next major milestone: a manned, untethered flight demonstration. This event, scheduled for 2010 or early 2011, is funding dependent and will be carried out at a time and location to be announced. For more information about an invitation to this event please contact us.