The CyberQuad is an electric ducted quadrotor Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a unique amalgamation of state-of-the-art VTOL UAV technologies, combining the mechanical simplicity, low noise, stability and agility of a quadrotor, with the compactness, safety and efficiency of ducted fans. With only four moving parts that are safely shrouded, the CyberQuad is low maintenance, easily transportable and rapidly deployable.
It is a true direct manufacturing unit; the product is designed in CAD, produced in 3D Systems next generation sPro SLS Centers with DuraForm EX black material. It is then completed with a camera, batteries and propellers. 3D Systems has been a major contributor to the company’s productivity and product-to-market speed. Prior to using SLS, the company was using traditional fiber type materials and production.
The device uses direct drive brushless electric motors. By running relatively low speed rotors with the tips aerodynamically entrained by the duct wall, BVI noise and tip losses are significantly reduced, making the device suitable for stealth applications.
CyberQuad does not use any complicated, inefficient control surfaces, swash plates, stabilizer bars, or tail rotors for control. In fact, it does not pay any additional weight or power penalty for control as it simply differentially controls the four modular fans that create lift. Furthermore, it has counter-rotating pairs of fans, which eliminates gyroscopic dynamics and dissymmetry of lift issues. Inertial sensors and high frequency speed controllers actively stabilize its attitude and heading. These features enable both robust disturbances rejection in hover and high maneuverability if needed.
The ducted fans are optimized for high static thrust efficiency (hover endurance); producing 33% more lift than a helicopter with the same power and rotor area. This equates to a much smaller footprint for the same payload/endurance capability. With this compact footprint and no exposed rotors, CyberQuad can safely operate near people and through urban environments.
Endurance is nominal at 25 min, to a maximum of 40 min
Payload is 500 g to 1.5 kg
Take Off Weight ranges from 2 kg, to a maximum of 3 kg
Airspeed is nominal at 50 km/h; the maximum is 70 km/h
Climb Rate is 5 m/s to a maximum of 10 m/s
Decent Rate ranges from 2 m/s to 4 m/s
Altitude is 120 m (CASA101) to a maximum of 1 km (video link)
Range is 500 m to 1 km (video link)
Noise: Inaudible > 30m; 65dBA @ 3m
Time to deploy; from a nomimal 10 seconds to a maximum of1 min
Dimensions: 530 x 530 x 160mm