I recently had to remove a fence to get a container placed in a field. It was a bit of pain. A new kid on the block wants to make that pain go away.

Charles Bombardier and Tom Hobbs have released concept renderings of a jet powered multirotor. This quadcopter designed to move shipping containers into places other container transport just can’t reach.

The Modal would have multiple propellers and a shape similar to a quadcopter or a hexacopter. A clamping system could be used to attach the vehicle to 20 or 40-foot long intermodal containers. A 2000-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PW100TS turboshaft engine would deliver power to the four propellers. 

So variable pitch props then.

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.