Skytote: An Innovative Aircraft with Unique Performance Capabilities

Period of Performance: 04/10/1998 - 02/10/1999

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aerovironment, Inc.
181 W. Huntington Drive, Suite 202
Monrovia, CA 91016
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The Skytote concept has emerged from a system analysis seeking a remotely/ autonomously controlled air vehicle for transporting materials -- a vehicle system that emphasizes simplicity, economy, and versatility. In one version it is envisioned as a "virtual convertiplane" (weighing less than 250 lbs) that does not require any physical conversion of configuration going from vertical takeoff to high speed cruise and back with a payload exceeding 400 lbs. It is propeller driven, but no cyclic pitch is needed, and, in the most preferred embodiment, the propeller has fixed pitch. With a wing spanning 20 feet or less, it operates even in fog (but not icing conditions) from a ship or a tiny clearing on shore.