Aerox

The Concept

The Aerox is a low-altitude jet-powered flying recreational vehicle capable of speeds over 100 mph with 60 minutes of autonomy.

The Background

Today it’s possible to fly for short periods of time with all sorts of propulsion systems. The Aerox was inspired by the Flyboard Air, a compact personal aerial vehicle invented by Franky Zapata that uses jet thrusters. I tried to imagine the future of ATVs based on his technical exploit, and the Aerox concept is the result.

How It Works

The Aerox would be the size of a sports quad. It would be capable of carrying a 200-pound pilot safely with enough fuel to fly for an hour. The vehicle would be powered by 3 variable jet thrusters, each capable of producing 200 pounds of thrust. There would be two jets in the front and one in the back to improve forward momentum.

Each jet would be able to tilt using precise electric solenoids to optimize control during all parts of the flight. To feed the jet engines, the Aerox would be equipped with two pressurized fuel tanks located inside its frame. Lateral jet nozzles would reduce roll, making small corrections when necessary. The computerized flight system would stabilize the vehicle automatically every microsecond, although the pilot would need to be trained to properly control the Aerox and get used to its movements.

This ‘flying ATV’ would have retractable wheels to land at a very low speed and roll a little when touching down. Small wings made of carbon fiber (not shown) could be added on the sides of the fuselage to provide additional lift during forward flight.

Airbags could be added to protect the pilot and passenger. The vehicle’s speed could be limited if necessary, and the flight altitude could also be topped (e.g. 15 mph at 25 feet). Of course, these parameters could change depending on the customer’s requirements and tolerance for risk or state regulations.

What It’s Used For

The Aerox could be used as a recreational vehicle to fly over fields, lakes, and forests. The jet exhausts are quite loud currently, so it probably wouldn’t be tolerated close to populated areas. This vehicle could also be used for search and rescue operations since it could be brought rapidly in a pick-up truck and deployed in less than 3 minutes.

Acknowledgements

The Aerox concept was imagined in August 2018 by Charles Bombardier and the images were produced by Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science. He currently works as a freelance vehicle designer in Mumbai, India.