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Advanced VTOL UAV

The VTOL UAVs are becoming the vehicles of choice...
for applications such as military missions, rescue operations, commercial transport and others, including operations where take-off
and landing space is limited such as surface ships and urban environment. Technological advances in areas such as
Distributed Electric Propulsion-DEP, improved aerodynamic configuration and composite manufacturing processes will usher in more capable VTOL UAVs ensuring their continued relevance to successful missions.

Increasing demand for better performance and higher reliability will stimulate the development and reduce the production cost of UAVs.
Whether the platform is designed to be better than manned rated aircraft depends on its application, the payloads it carries,
mission pay-off and cost effectiveness.

The low cost, unmanned VTOL craft is particularly attractive for logistics applications as opposed to the manned option.
They have small footprints and lower signatures. They also save costs associated with piloted crafts, eliminating potential casualties and being easily operable in a variety of areas and conditions.

Micor Technologies is developing a new class of VTOL UAVs combining the Vertical Take Off and Landing capabilities of a multi-rotor with the horizontal speed and payload capabilities of a traditional UAV. This new class of UAV using advanced DEP propulsion system will provide an accessible and affordable transportation platform from point to point for both military and civilian markets while reducing capital and operating expenses.

AeroteQ – An Innovative Class of Reconfigurable UAVs

The AeroteQ class of reconfigurable UAVs uses two wings connected by two strips and powered by four protected rotors. The concept is scalable from micro drone to large or very large aircrafts. Configured for specific missions, this highly efficient UAV with protected rotors, can operate both indoor and outdoor with high speed.

In a basic variant AeroteQ UAV uses a novel propulsion system with thrust augmentation having a biplane, joined wings structure. The vehicle has a central fuselage with front and rear wings fixed at its extremities. The front and rear wings are joined by two connecting strips. Four propellers are mounted symmetrically between the front and the rear wings.

Micor Technologies | AeroteQ-PRS
Micor Technologies | AeroteQ UAV Wings

AeroteQ operates as a tilting body aircraft.

AeroteQ UAV technology offers the following advantages:

  • The control of the vehicle is made by thrust differentiation, without pivoting propellers, wings or flaps.
  • The aircraft construction is simple and cost effective with reduced maintenance cost.
  • Same propulsion system is used for vertical flight and for forward flight as well.
  • It uses a thrust augmentation device to increase the lift even in static conditions, achieving an unitary or a sub unitary thrust/weight ratio.
  • In forward flight the lift is produced by the wings.
  • It operates efficiently in both vertical and forward flight with improved range.
  • The propellers are protected against the contact with environment or with the dismounted soldier or personnel on the ground
  • It has a high redundancy level by using multiple thrust producing elements
  • It is a very compact vehicle which uses the entire wingspan to produce lift

Extended Sensor Package (ESP) UAV for Combat Vehicles – AeroteQ-ESP

AeroteQ-ESP is a medium ISR platform which uses a small pad located on the Combat Vehicles for take-off and landing.

AeroteQ-ESP UAV key characteristics
Micor Technologies | AeroteQ UAV in Combat

The combat or tactical vehicle can hold a safe position while the AeroteQ-ESP takes on the mission of quietly looking for threats around buildings, over the hill or beyond the next ridge.

Features of AeroteQ-ESP:

  • AeroteQ-ESP could fulfill the Army’s vision of transmitting live infrared and HD videos or images back to the operator’s safe location. It has a very low visual and audible signatures facilitating covert operation and increased security, saving lives and minimizing collateral damages.
  •  AeroteQ-ESP can find and identify quickly imminent danger wherever it’s lying in wait.
  •  AeroteQ-ESP can access dark or poorly lighted spaces ensuring detection and identification of threats while providing greater security for military contingents, monitoring from a safe distance away.
  • Together with the combat vehicle, AeroteQ-ESP with adequate shielding can operate in contaminated or radiated areas.

Personnel Reconnaissance System (PRS) – AeroteQ-PRS

Micor Technologies | AeroteQ-PRS

AeroteQ-PRS UAV operation capabilities:

  • Indoor operation including in buildings, pipes, tunnels, caves, etc.
  • Outdoor operation in open terrain, forests, cities, etc.
  • Day and night operation
  • Ensuring visibility around the corner, overhead or beyond the next ridge
  • Detect imminent danger and enemy’s maneuvers without being detected

Modern military conflicts are characterized by an increased need of a situational awareness. In order to track down and being protected against enemy’s regular or paramilitary forces or terrorists our soldiers and law enforcement personnel often have an immediate need for information on what it’s around the next corner or over the hill.

AeroteQ-PRS is a micro operational UAV which can be launched easily by one person.

The key features of AeroteQ-PRS UAV are:

  • High maneuverability
  • Flight time over 30 min
  • High speed of around 25 km/h
  • Night vision
  • Autonomous flight features
  • Foot-print 120×170 mm
  • Minimum range of 3 km depending on mission profile

Advanced VTOL UAV - AVU

AVU is a revolutionary aerial vehicle concept merging seamlessly the VTOL capability and the efficient high cruise speed of a fixed wing aircraft by employing a tilting body.

This type of vehicle uses the same set of propellers for take-off and landing as well as for the forward flight. AVU uses a control system that takes inputs for a traditional multi-rotor and translates these inputs to provide control utilizing a non-traditional control method. The tilting body aircraft configuration offer significant advancements when compared to the state-of-the-art technologies.

The new propulsion technology uses a non-conventional design which includes two fixed wings, at least six thrust producing elements mounted in a fixed non-articulating relationship with the wings, a plurality of electric motors for driving the thrust producing elements, a battery pack or a range extender for providing power to the motors, and a flight control system having a motor controller for controlling the rotational speed and direction of rotation of each thrust producing element. The electric motors are fixed on both sides of a central fuselage, using the six rotors to vertically take-off.

Micor-Technologies | Advanced VTOL UAV - AVU

At each end the central fuselage supports one fixed wing having an angle with the horizontal plan in static conditions. The front wing has its tailing edge in the proximity of the front rotors. The rear wing has its leading edge in the proximity of the rear rotors. Due to the location of the front rotors a depression is created on the upper surface of the front wing when the electric motors are activated. Due to the location of the rear rotors an increased pressure is created on the lower surface of the rear wing when the electric motors are activated. These pressure forces are very useful in transitions and forward flight but also have a positive effect in the take-off and landing phases, working as thrust augmenters. The operation of AVU is shown here.

Micor-Technologies | Advanced VTOL UAV - AVU Operation

AVU in transition or at low speed:

Micor-Technologies | Advanced VTOL UAV - AVU

AVU in forward flight:

Micor-Technologies | Advanced VTOL UAV - AVU