FAQS

What are you actually offering in exchange for my money?

Our product is our IP and experience in relation to mixedrotor technology. Our patent process is well under way for this groundbreaking development. In terms of improving your own aircraft, HybridSkys brings the technical knowledge and experience to quickly design a mixedrotor aircraft optimised to suit your specific usercase. We’re looking for partners interested in IP transfer from us, to you to build world leading aircraft, quickly, cost effectively and, with our R&D, in a derisked process.

Do you make drones?

We have designed, built and flown aircraft for the purposes of refining and proving our technology. We do not however build or operate aircraft commercially.

Our objective is to spread our technology to improve the multi-rotor aircraft and believe it would be a conflict of interest to become a manufacturer of aircraft ourselves. We are looking for manufacturers to form partnerships, not compete.

If you are an organisation who would like to have a mixed-rotor aircraft designed, built and/or flown for you, we’re happy to help put you in touch with the right people to make this happen. Please remember however that this would be a serious commercial undertaking.

Do you make a hybrid unit I can bolt onto my drone?

Our mechatronic engineering capabilities have allowed us to produce our own internal hardware suitably rated and tested for use on aircraft. We are not a manufacturer of these however we would consider the provision of engineering skills should you wish to have a unit designed for your own purpose.

What control system is compatible with your rotor system?

Any! While our mixed-rotor system requires very specific algorithms and optimisation to function, this is all a part of our IP offering. If you have a proprietary control system we are happy to provide the technical guidance required to allow your control system to function with a mixed-rotor propulsion system. Alternatively, we can do the same to design an equally capable adapter between your off the shelf control system and a mixed-rotor aircraft.

What mass aircraft can I make with MixedRotor systems?

Mixed-rotor technology has been developed to fill the space between current multi-rotor aircraft up to a mass of about 2kg and full sized, turbine energised, human carrying VTOL aircraft. Roughly speaking, small than this and the benefits of mixed-rotor technology are minimal however the rotor system scales very well into the hundreds of kilograms. If you have a specific user case in this range, chances are this is the ideal solution.

I love making and flying my own multirotors, can you help me make a better one?

Remember that these are technically and legally aircraft – and come with a lot of the same risks. You should definitely enjoy your hobby and spread a love for science and engineering! Unfortunately, we aren’t able to accommodate hobbyists at this time. If you have developed your own aircraft with extended performance, as technically minded people ourselves, we’re always curious! Contact Us

I really want to buy an aircraft with the MixedRotor advantage. If you don’t make them, what can I do?

Please register your interest with us as we can pass it along to those who are exploring the market opportunities of Mixed-Rotor aircraft. Your interest helps demonstrate the enormous possibility out there and encourages more manufacturers to come on board.

How much more efficient is your system?

Naturally, it varies based on the specific implementation of the rotor system, the design of the aircraft and the manner in which the aircraft is operated. A good rule of thumb is that flight is achieved at 2/3 the energy requirements of a similarly sized conventional design.

It is worth keeping in mind that the curve showing flight time vs battery payload is significantly altered hence optimisation of this load is how we arrive at 2x flight time.

But I’ve seen multirotor taxis / pizza delivery / package delivery / … on TV / internet / … already. Why are you special?

The multi-rotor space, and more generally, anything to do with so called ‘drones’ is a space with a lot of hype, media attention and marketing. Because of… well, physics, a lot of what has been dreamed up is actually very much impossible. There are a lot of special effects and carefully edited articles out there. Attempts at larger or heavy lift aircraft out there, when real, have flown for only a matter of several minutes at best. [link to Airbus and Boeing’s attempts?]

Additionally, let’s remember than legally and technically, these are full blown aircraft. They require careful design, fabrication, assembly, testing and ongoing maintenance. This needs to be done by qualified people and is no small undertaking. We’re not saying a pizza can’t be delivered by multi-rotor, it certainly makes great marketing, but you don’t want to see the cost turn up on your credit card!

We like our aircraft! Can’t we bolt on an internal combustion engine in some way to get better flight times?

Not really. There are ‘range extenders’ on the market which claim to give extra flight time but, at best, that’s all they can do. An internal combustion engine is a heavy thing. It also does not produce energy as fast as you may think. In fact, it does not produce energy fast enough to keep even itself in the air using a conventional multi-rotor system. In full sized aircraft such as a Chinook, there are two jet turbines on board to produce energy fast enough. That’s not usually economical at this intermediate size of 2kg to 300kg.

It requires our mixed-rotor technology to lift a heavy payload such as an internal combustion engine efficiently enough. Once we achieved this, our technology can keep your aircraft aloft and lift enough fuel to fly for many hours indeed!

Why do you keep saying “We will never tell you how to use your drone – We just make it possible.” Why don’t you make a drone for doing [insert task]?

There are lots of aircraft out there for doing a range of things. Provided it is physically possible and economically sound, there is probably a way to get an aircraft to do [insert task]. HybridSkys is good at undertaking R&D and we’re looking to partner with manufacturers who are good at making aircraft. In fact, we want to find and support manufacturers who want to make their aircraft the best it can be at [insert task], not compete with them. HybridSkys is going to stick to what we’re best at so that manufacturers can do what they’re best at.