Sherpa

The Concept

The Sherpa is a vision for a new generation of electric aircraft envisioned to ferry material, equipment, and people between remote outposts of the world. It would be designed to do short take-off and landing on rough runway to access most villages.

The Background

Last century, a series of aircraft were developed to fly material, people, and equipment in remote locations of the world like the Shorts C330. The 21st century Sherpa concept aims to create a smaller version of that legendary aircraft by proposing a project that introduces new electric turbines, new avionics, and lighter materials.

How It Works

The Sherpa would benefit from its engine positioned on top and at the front of its wings.This layout would generate a lot more lift than it would on a conventional aircraft. It could also help reduce noise/decibels—a major asset for populations and wildlife.

The fuselage of the Sherpa would be made of advanced composite material to save weight, and other technologies should be integrated into the mix to simplify avionics, controls, and flying procedures. The battery pack (energy storage) will be a key challenge along with finding an efficient and adequate electric turbine.

What It’s Used For

With climate changes underway, a new boom of development will take place in remote locations and once more aircraft like the Sherpa will probably be in high demand. It’s extended STOL capabilities make it a perfect candidate to develop new outposts and towns in Northern countries. The increase in useful load capacity, energy efficiency, and performance will also translate into reasonable shipping cost if you take into account carbon taxing.

Special Thanks

I would like to thank Olivier Peraldi for collaborating with me on this concept. I would specifically like to thank Martin Rojtenberg, who created all the images of the Kármán concept. Martin lives near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as an independent industrial designer.