Metro Flyer (concept design)
Matthew Jose is the founder of Jose Design and is based in Bangalore, India. Jose has created and designed a power source that is called a magnetic linear thruster for propulsion in aerospace vehicles, land vehicles and marine vessels. Jose has also designed a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) passenger concept design aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM).
Metro Flyer commercial passenger airliner hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft
The Metro Flyer is a commercial passenger airliner that is a hybrid-electric VTOL concept design aircraft. The aircraft has one pilot and carries 56 passengers with their luggage. The aircraft uses a novel propulsion system that was designed by Jose. The aircraft's fuselage has been made to be the main airfoil for lift during forward flight. While estimated specifications for the aircraft have not been made by the inventor, the novel fuselage and propulsion system is worth studying.
The aircraft uses four magnetic linear thrusters for propulsion for all directions of flight. There are two sets of thrusters in the front of the aircraft and two sets of thrusters in the rear of the aircraft. The hybrid-electric power source is batteries located under the center of the fuselage and a turbine engine that is located in the rear of the aircraft. The maximum payload weight of the aircraft is approximately ~18,000 lb (~8,165 kg), possibly more.
The fuselage has been designed to have a minimum height and maximum width to create a maximum amount of lift through the fuselage as the main airfoil for the aircraft. The front of the aircraft has a downward facing concave shape to push the air down under the aircraft for a minimum drag and maximum lift. The inventor proposes that side fins around the fuselage will reduce air pressure on top of the fuselage and will increase the air pressure underneath the fuselage to help create lift. The entire fuselage is designed to reduce drag and turbulence. The rear of the fuselage has a convex and half concave shape facing upwards and also provides lift.
The aircraft has larger windows than conventional aircraft. The interior seating has dual 2X2 seating on each side of the aircraft with the luggage compartment in the center of the aircraft. The landing gear uses retractable wheeled landing gear that uses four quadricycle bogies, each bogie consisting of eight wheels.
Power source: Hybrid-electric power source and batteries
Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
Windows: Windows are larger than conventional aircraft
Landing gear: Retractable wheeled landing gear (four quadricycle bogies with 8 wheels on each bogie)
Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. The aircraft is capable of landing on water or soft surfaces.
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