Mayman Speeder AUV
Invention takes time
Speeder AUV by Mayman Aerospace is a multi-purpose Air Utility Vehicle (AUV). The unique Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft is built on a modular chassis with distributed propulsion provided by four or eight micro jet turbines running on standard A1 Jet Fuel or Zero Net Carbon Sustainable Aviation Fuel. This combination and resulting power density gives Speeder a performance envelope not possible with any other similar sized VTOL aircraft - effectively rewriting the rulebook and putting Speeder in a class of its own. Speeder is the only true, compact-sized heavy-lift Air Utility Vehicle.
Designed for multiple high-performance missions, the motorcycle-sized Speeder uniquely provides a compact and robust design, 200-400kts airspeed combined with 600-1000lb payload and 100-500nm range. The multi-turbine engine gimbaling and thrust vectoring enables Speeder to fly in all weather conditions across all terrains.
Safety, system redundancy and ease of use are of course key, with a proprietary on-board computer system that instantly rebalances thrust in the unlikely event of an engine anomaly. Flight take-off is designed for maximum ease of operation by simply pressing the start button. Speeder can be flown by quickly trained operators in the field and does not require a fully licensed pilot. Additionally, Speeder has no rotor system, gearboxes, or complex transmission, and is therefore also significantly less expensive and simpler to maintain than a rotary-wing platform.
Safe, versatile and simple to fly
Easily configurable with a variety of mission-specific equipment, Speeder is rapidly deployable. Its design is simple enough for easy maintenance and support in the field, it is scalable, and set to create a new standard in emergency and special purpose aviation.
Outstanding operational versatility and autonomous, remote, or piloted flight modes makes the Mayman Aerospace Speeder ideal for a wide range of critical missions. These include: military, urgent cargo, wildland firefighting support as well as disaster recovery and medevac services.
This truly unique compact Air Utility Vehicle is incredibly versatile, with models ranging from a small, 50-pound (22.6 kg) luggage sized aircraft to a motorcycle-sized version, up to an automobile-sized Speeder boasting a massive payload of over 2,000 lbs (907 kg).
Speeder is currently in advanced development, aiming to begin US FAA certification by Q4 2024, and begin series production for civil applications once certified.
Specifications & Performance
Payload 50 lbs
Range 20 - 90 nm
Speed 100 - 200 kts
Payload 1200 lbs
Range 100 - 1000 nm
Speed 200 - 400+ kts
Payload 2000+ lbs
Range 1000+ nm
Speed 200 - 400+ kts
All data based on preliminary performance calculations dependent on wing size, payload and desired endurance. Subject to change.
About Mayman Aerospace
Invention takes time
Mayman Aerospace was founded by David Mayman – entrepreneur, visionary, inventor, and passionate aviator. The company is building an ultra-small, Hyper-fast, heavy-lift VTOL aircraft called Speeder AUV. Speeder is setting the standard for an entirely new disruptive category of aircraft called Air Utility Vehicle. Based in Southern California, Mayman Aerospace is currently flight testing its third full-scale Speeder prototype.
The company is currently working with the DoD and civilian operators to develop mission specific Speeder configurations. The company is a Y Combinator graduate with lead investment from Draper Associates and Jaan Tallinn (co-founder of Skype). Total investment to date exceeds $6m.
Distributed electric propulsion with 6 main motors/propellers and 2 tail motors/propellers.
- Piloted / Autonomous / Remotely Operated
Choice of navigation to suit mission.
- Easy to Fly
Computer stabilized. Rapid deployment.
- Plug-and-Play Maintenance
Minimum mechanical parts. Engines can be replaced in-field.
No gearboxes or transmission systems.
- Powered by Net Zero eFuel 5
Ready to accept Net Zero electrofuel.
Prototype (P) development timeline
- 2019 - Modelling & Design
Initial physics modelling and Simulink work.
- 2020 - P1.0 Build & Test
Design, construction, and flight testing of the first full scale prototype.
- 2021 - P1.5 Build & Free Flight
Successful flight testing of P1.5 full scale prototype.
- 2022 - P2.0 Build & Test
Flight tests of the intended production version will commence in Q2 of 2022.
- 2023-24 - P3.0 Test & Cert Ready
P3 test program complete and ready for certification program.
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