The TU523 is a hybrid electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft that has been designed as an infrastructure solution for goods transportation. The ever-increasing demand for transportation that is limited to the accessibility to existing road infrastructure, the TU523 is able to facilitate the transportation of freight without any new or expensive infrastructure.
It transports its freight in form of shipping containers from A to B by identifying the shipping container according to a manifest, land on top of it and connect to it and deliver it 7 times faster than conventional truck transportation at 30% of the cost.
The on-board generator operates on the basis of a combined cycle system, promising up to 70% efficiency by utilizing the heat produced from the combustion process and convert it into additional energy coming close to 0 emissions. The generator maintains the levels of the energy storage device and delivers the required energy to the 16 electric turbines with consist of 4 clusters of 4 Turbines.
Designed by Thorsten U. Reinhardt, each cluster of TU523 is gimbal mounted to the fuselage and is able to tilt in any direction, meaning that the aircraft itself is able to be extremely versatile in its movements and maneuvers without needing conventional flight controls such as flaps, rudder, elevators etc.
The Clusters are able to tilt through the propulsion of the individual units within the cluster adapted from the principle of Quadcopter’s / Drones.
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