Terrafugia's new VTOL concept transfers detachable passenger pods between ground and sky

lunes, 16 de abril de 2018

From Terrafugia's web: http://www.terrafugia-tf2.com/

With the recent acquisition of Terrafugia by the parent company of Volvo and Lotus, a world class team of engineers, and the creation of our new R&D facility just outside San Francisco, Terrafugia is positioning itself to be a major player in the world of automated VTOL vehicles.

Our next generation concept (TF-2) is a three-part integrated transportation system for Part 135 short haul operators who want to achieve a new level of convenience, comfort, and efficiency. With a detachable pod configuration your passengers or cargo will be able to travel seamlessly from point A to point B.

TF-2 is currently in the conceptual design stage and we are interested in collecting feedback from potential customers.

There are two concepts under consideration: a tilt-rotor (TR) and a lift-plus-push (LPP) configuration. The TR has performance advantages and the LPP has the advantage of mechanical simplicity.

 Detachable pods

  • Pod locks securely into either the flight vehicle (FV) or ground vehicle (GV).
  • Pod can carry people or cargo
  • Flight vehicle has one pilot plus autonomous flight capabilities
  • Ground vehicle has one driver plus autonomous docking capabilities​​


  • Detachable pod moves passengers and cargo seamlessly from point A to point B
  • Passengers load and unload only once
  • ​Ride height adjustable suspension enables smooth pod loading and handicap accessibility
  • Panoramic view from large side and forward windows
  • Large luggage compartment for standard airline luggage (50lb/piece)
  • Capacity for 4 passengers and luggage
  • Cargo capacity up to 1400 lb (assuming 60 NM trip)

Projected performance
Lift + Push
8500-9000 lb
3860-4080 kg
​7500-8000 lb
​3400-3630 kg
Payload with 30 min fuel res
900-1100 lb
​410-500 kg
900-1100 lb
​410-500 kg
Max cruise speed
120-130 kts
​222-240 km/h
170-180 kts
​315-333 km/h
Range at max payload
170-215 nm
​315-400 km
240-300 nm
​445-555 km
Cost per flight hour
 $380-$420 ​

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