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This is the coolest thing you can buy for money, well at least it is to me. But I am wondering why it’s attached on a crane if it just can fly anywhere, he he.
From the Auction:
Own the one and only prototype of the Moller M400 SkycarÂ®. This test vehicle has flown repeatedly and demonstrated its hover capabilities in over a dozen flights at the Moller International facilities in Davis, California. It is our intent to offer it for sale by auction on eBay to raise capital for the Company.
This is the Real Deal â€“ A working â€œFlying Carâ€ prototype!
The SkycarÂ® prototype is a milestone in the development of vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The culmination of over 35 years of aeronautical engineering, the prototype M400 is the latest in a long line of vehicles designed and built under the direction of Paul S. Moller, President of Moller International. Ground and flight tests with this vehicle started in September 2001 and have continued to present. It is suitable for test and evaluation only and is not certified for use by the Federal Aviation Authority nor as a licensed road vehicle.
The prototype M400 SkycarÂ®, is powered by eight air-cooled RotapowerÂ® rotary engines; two in each of the four nacelles. Each nacelle contains two engines and two independently rotating fans and is capable of generating approximately 500 pounds of vertical thrust. The nacelles rotate 45 degrees and have thrust deflection vanes that provide for an additional 45-degree change in direction of the airflow to produce the 90-degree (vertical) thrust required for takeoff and hovering. Both the nacelles and deflection vanes are intended to operate in the horizontal position while at cruise speeds.
Stabilization for the aircraft is provided by an onboard digital computer system. The system is composed of two identical computers, providing redundant control over primary systems. Designated systems â€œAâ€ and â€œBâ€, the digital computers process inputs from the onboard gyroscopes (2), accelerometers and rate sensors to determine the attitude of the aircraft and provide commands to each of the eight engines to correct for un-commanded changes caused by turbulence. The current M400 prototypeâ€™s system is the third generation of the computerized stabilization system, and is based upon systems used in the M200X (analog) and AerobotÂ® (digital).
The M400 prototype is currently being tested using methanol fuel, but can also be operated on 87-octane gasoline. The vehicle is currently equipped with two fuel tanks. Recent hover flights have used fuel provided by a small (8 gallon) pressurized tank to minimize the onboard fire hazard. This auxiliary system is designed to use methanol. The original fuel tank is in place and designed for use with gasoline. The engines are currently outfitted with high-flow fuel injectors suitable for use with methanol.
Remote control commands are provided via a set of computer consoles and connected via hardwire umbilical cable to the aircraft. The controller (pilot) provides input commands to the onboard computers to control the altitude and orientation of the Skycar during a flight. The umbilical line is approximately 300 feet in length, although the aircraft has been flown only to an altitude of approximately 40 feet. The onboard computer systems provide instructions to the engines via a â€œfly-by-wireâ€ system designed exclusively for this one-of-a-kind aircraft. Feedback from the onboard systems is provided to the command consoles and provides detailed diagnostic and real-time flight condition information to the ground crew. Although the SkycarÂ® prototype was designed for an onboard pilot and is equipped with cockpit-mounted controls, it has been flown only unmanned using the remote controls. Two command consoles and a third system used to remotely set Engine Computer Units (ECU) parameters are included in the sale of the prototype M400.
About the Manufacturer
Moller International is an established aeronautical research and development firm with an innovative and unique set of products, including the M400 SkycarÂ®. Located in Davis, California the 35,000 square foot facilities include the business office as well as a fully equipped machine shop, composite shop, electronics and engineering center. We are a fully reporting public company (OTC: MLER). We believe the SkycarÂ® prototype to be the first viable design of a mass-producible, low-cost, high-speed private aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
Fantastic Piece of Aviation History
The Skycar has been featured on major TV and cable networks including World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, The Smithsonian Institute series â€œInventionâ€ on the Discovery Channel and recently as one of the â€œUltimate Ten Machinesâ€ on The Learning Channel. It has also been featured as the cover story on Forbes FYI, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, USA Today and numerous magazines and newspapers throughout the world.
You can own the very first Skycar!
The M400 Skycar prototype is being sold in order to preserve this vehicle as it was flown through January 2003. The aircraft and all systems will remain in â€œas flownâ€ configuration, or at the buyerâ€™s discretion we will modify the seating to represent the projected production layout with four seats.
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