Moller M400 Skycar


Quick Summary

The Moller M400 SkyCar is being developed by Moller International, based in Dixon, CA. The M400 is the largest SkyCar made by Moller (the other 2 seat variant is named the M200). The M400 uses four ducted fans with variable incidence angle to facilitate vertical takeoff and landing. For accelerated forward flight, the fans tilt slowly to the horizontal.



Moller International, a Dixon, CA company







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details
VTOL Configuration Four thrust-vectoring nacelles with two counter-rotating Rotapower® engines per nacelle. Hybrid design configurations are currently under development
Passengers 2+2
Emergency Airframe Parachutes Yes
Fuel Type Ethanol
Noise Level at 500ft (Goal) 65 dBA
Dimensions (L x W x H) 21.5’ x 8.5’ x 7.5’
Operational ceiling 36,000 ft
Takeoff and landing area 35 ft dia
Max speed @sea-level 331 mph
Cruise Max speed @20,000 ft 308 mph
Rate of climb @sea-level 4,800 fpm
Endurance 5.9 hours
Disc loading 140 lb/ft2
Range @ 131 mph (21.3 mpg) 805 miles
Net payload 720 lbs
Gross weight 2,400 lbs
Continuous Engine Power (Total) 720 hp
Maximum Lift/Drag 12.5


Our Take on the Moller SkyCar


The Moller M400 Skycar has already been flight tested, giving it a huge advantage over a number of other VTOLs. However, it uses ethanol fuel in lieu of electrical power to rotate the ducted fans, so it is not a true eVTOL. The M400 is currently being flight tested and navigating the certification process with the FAA - which will most likely be one of the largest challenges for Moller International to overcome to bring their VTOL to market.