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Stepan IM Cargo Drone (concept design)

Radek Stepan's IM Cargo Drone heavy-lift hybrid-electric VTOL intermodal cargo container drone concept design formation flying in the desert

 

IM Cargo Drone (concept design)
Radek Stepan
Prague, Czech Republic
www.radekstepan.net

Based in Prague, Czech Republic, Radek Stepan is a passionate and prolific design enthusiast with interests in movies, technology, real-time graphics and cinematic animations. Stepan creates concept designs for luxury automobiles, racing cars, trucks, hover bikes, robots, conventionally powered personal aircraft and conventionally powered jets. For advanced air mobility (AAM), Stepan has made an electric helicopter concept design, a heavy-lift hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) intermodal container air cargo drone concept design and several passenger hybrid-electric VTOL concept designs. (Image credit: Radet Stepan)

IM Cargo Drone heavy-lift hybrid-electric VTOL intermodal cargo container drone concept design
The IM Cargo Drone is heavy-lift heavy-duty hybrid-electric VTOL intermodal cargo container drone concept design. IM stands for Intermodal Container. The drone has no space for passengers and is flown either remotely, on pre-planned flight routes or by autonomous piloting. The drone is a heavy industry aircraft and has been designed to work in the harshest conditions from transferring intermodal containers in urban areas to remote areas, such as remote construction sites and harsh desert environments.

The aircraft has three powerful rotor props, each powered by three heavy-duty electric motors. The power source is hybrid-electric enabling the drone to pick up heavy loads and then fly them to their destination. The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite and aerospace aluminum alloy metals. The fuselage has been made to withstand heavy-loads, punishing environments and rough use and still have a long service life.

The drone can carry up to one intermodal container with a maximum length of 48 feet. The empty weight for a 48 foot intermodal container is 4,554 kg (9,600 lb). The maximum payload for a 48 foot intermodal shipping container is 30,480 kg (67,197 lb). The maximum payload weight for the IM Cargo Drone is 35,034 kg (76,797 lb). The drone can also carry smaller 20 foot and 40 foot intermodal shipping containers. There are redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft to increase the safety of the aircraft. The aircraft has safety rails along the walkways of the aircraft for maintenance workers and ground crew.

The cargo drones can also fly in formation to provide maximum efficiency for the user. The cargo drones can be used for civilian and military purposes. The military can also outfit the cargo drones with heavy machine guns and rockets and be used for battle purposes. Future plans for the drone could include a larger fuselage carrying pilots and passengers.

Intermodal container pick up

Intermodal container pick up

Intermodal container urban flying

Intermodal container urban flying

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Heavy-lift hybrid-electric VTOL intermodal container cargo drone concept design rotorcraft
  • Piloting: Remote, pre-planned route or autonomous piloting
  • Capacity: 1 intermodal 48' shipping container
  • Cruise speed: Unknown
  • Empty weight for 48 foot intermodal container: 4,554 kg (9,600 lb)
  • Maximum 48 foot intermodal container payload weight: 30,480 kg (67,197 lb)
  • Maximum payload weight for the IM Cargo Drone: 35,034 kg (76,797 lb)
  • Propellers: 3 rotor props
  • Electric motors: 9 electric motors
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite and aerospace aluminum alloy metals
  • Landing gear: Fixed tricycle strut landing gear
  • Safety features: There are redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. The aircraft has safety rails for maintenance workers and ground crew.

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