Koncepto Milenya

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Koncepto Milenya
Role Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ultralight aircraft
National origin Philippines
First flight September 2018
Status In development

The Koncepto Milenya, or simply Milenya, is a concept for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ultralight aircraft developed by Kyxz Mendiola. Often referred to as a "flying car" the aircraft was developed by its inventor as a means to cope with heavy road traffic in Manila.

Background[edit]

The Milenya ultralight aircraft was developed by Kyxz Mendiola, a Filipino drone enthusiast.[1] Mendiola, who taught himself engineering and aircraft design, cited his "extreme" feeling towards the concept of flying as his motive for pursuing the project and was motivated even more as he learns about efforts from different countries in developing similar endeavours. He also named the deteriorating traffic situation in Metro Manila as a motivator in developing the Milenya and envisioned people flying to their destination in minutes instead them spending two to three hours riding traditional road transport.[2] Milenya's inventor has describe his creation as a "flying sports car".[3]

Development[edit]

Kyxz Mendiola began developing Milenya in the early 2010s[4], using his own money to fund his project in its early years of development. Friends and relatives later helped him in his project.[2] Millions of pesos and at least six years has been spent for the development of the aircraft.[4]

Mendiola has named "disappointment, mocking and discouraging words" as a hindrance to the development of the Milenya.[2] He intends the vehicle to be similar to a sports car; a "flying Lamborghini". Trial and error method is used with Mendiola experimenting with different parts. In at least one test, his vehicle caught fire.[4] In September 2018, the aircraft had its first public maiden flight in Batangas. After a video featuring the aircraft went viral in social media, Australian firm Star8 has expressed interest in partnering with Mendiola to develop Milenya for mass production.[3]

Specifications[edit]

The vehicle is a single-seater vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.[5] Milenya is reinforced by a metal frame covered with carbon fiber shell.[2] As of September 2018, the aircraft can carry a payload of 80 to 100 kilograms (180 to 220 lb) and can fly at 50 to 60 kilometers per hour (31 to 37 mph). It has flown at a height of 6.1 to 7.6 meters (20 to 25 ft) and has flown 10 to 15 minutes at a time.[2][3] It is powered by six lithium-ion batteries[3], taking around two and a half hours to charge completely.[4] The vehicle is controllable by its lone passenger through a portable radio frequency controller; the vehicle controls its altitude through a button while it can maneuver through a steering stick. Devising "multicopter" technology frequently used in drones, Milenya achieves flight through its 16 rotary motors which is designed in a way that the vehicle can still fly safely even if one or two motors are compromised.[3]


General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 80 to 100 kg (180 to 220 lb) payload

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 60 km/h ( mph)  15 min
  • Service ceiling: 7.6 m ( ft)

Armament

Future project[edit]

A two-seater aircraft which has a payload capacity of 200 kilograms (440 lb) is planned for development..[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ultralight aircraft na gawang Pinoy, solusyon sa traffic at baha?" [Ultralight aircraft made by a Filipino, solution for heavy traffic and flood problem?]. GMA News (in Filipino). 13 August 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Smith, Nicola (5 September 2018). "Flying cars will be the norm in five years, claims Philippine inventor". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Bautista, Ronn (26 September 2018). "Philippine inventor aims to cut travel times with passenger drone". Reuters. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Cruz, Cherryl Anne (25 August 2018). "Filipino Invents Flying Car: Say Hello to the Koncepto Milenya". Yahoo! Philippines. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ Luna, Thomas (5 September 2018). "Bboy dancer creates "smallest electric VTOL flying car!"". We Talk UAV. Retrieved 26 September 2018.