The aircraft-industry-infrastructure is the farthest human society has reached in terms of sophistication. Thousands of airports in 180+ countries employing millions of people who operate hundreds of systems and subsystems that work like one well-oiled machinery, making sure we choose to fly from Point A to Point B, again and again.
We’ve come a long way. To say that it took us a hundred years to get here is an understatement. We owe our progress to all the people who have devoted their lives and put in their dedication, all to defy the laws of
The most intense part of a flight are the take-offs and landings. Planes reach edges of their flight envelop and are also more prone to mishaps, which is when they are least energy efficient.
Electric propulsion is just marvellous, it can expand the flight envelope without the bulk of mechanical power transmission. It can also alter flight characteristics favourably and ride turbulent weather far better. But it could be several decades before we have an electric storage system that is at par with energy densities of fuel, until than fuel remains undefeated.
With electric propulsion, vertical take-off and landing even in tight spaces is no big deal! That’s because it can have several thrust vectors anywhere on the body of the aircraft.
Almost all aircraft electric propulsion system that use lithium batteries suffer from lack of range, it becomes a design challenge to balance between payload and range or weight and cost.
On the other hand, fuel is not just the winner when it comes to range, it is the very reason we are here, that tin bird wouldn’t quite be up there if not for the fuel it is carrying.
Is there a middle path?
HEVTOL short for Hybrid Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing, this offers agility of multirotor and the endurance of turboprop. The state-of-the-art battery technology relies on Lithium chemistry, which stores more energy per kilogram than other types of commercial batteries, but far less than aviation fuel.
By fusing an electric and fuel propulsion system into an aircraft, we are able to achieve many capabilities
1. Fly by wire
2. Vertical take-off and landing
3. Greater fuel efficiency
4. Longer flight times
5. Autonomous flight control
The future of powered flight
The market for aviation has never been as diverse as it is today, with the advent of accessible tools and techniques of designing and manufacturing, both the incumbents and aspirants are learning similar lessons about building flying machines of the future.
The story of India’s industrialization is quite interesting, unlike most other developed countries, we were disrupted by ecommerce and smartphones before we saw supermarkets and computers put any dent. It is likely that, indigenous hybrid planes will take over the skies even before our own aircrafts can be built.
Isn’t it time to give a name to this aircraft it deserves, an aircraft that has always existed, perhaps as void, how many aircrafts can claim a linage to the aircrafts of our great mythology!
simply means “Marvellous Aircraft” in Sanskrit, and nothing less will it be
This six-seater plane conceptually designed based on our patent pending hybrid technology, has a range of about 500 Kms (270 nautical miles) and the ability to land and take off from tight spaces. Can be piloted manually, remotely or autonomously. We expect the fully developed aircraft to look radically different from the above concept images.
With a history as rich as ours, and by absorbing all that is great about the air-industry-infrastructure that exists today, we can take air mobility into the future.
Adbhuta Vimanam is an idea whose time has come, a belief that we can build upon the best of what we already have and move into the future in air travel.