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MightyFly MF-100


Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) [ 2022 ]



The new, in-development MightyFly MF-100 seeks to rewrite the book of airborne logistics through unmanned, autonomous flight.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/23/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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Start-up MightyFly (est. October 2019) looks to the future of airborne-based logistics with its all-new, electrically-powered MF-100 "Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing" (eVTOL) "Unmanned Aircraft System" (UAS) development. A scaled-down prototype completed an initial autonomous delivery to prove the concept sound and the full-scale unit underwent construction in November 2020. Special air-worthiness certification by the FAA then followed in March of 2021. That April (the same time securing an impressive haul of over $5 million USD in seed funding), the first autonomous flight was successfully had by the MF-100 with the company now seeking logistical partnerships heading into 2022-2023.

As built, the MF-100 utilizes eight total lift rotors/motors (with four props set to a hull side) and sports a single "pusher" prop at the rear of the fuselage, the latter used to the necessary forward flight action. With its simplistic, low-cost skid undercarriage arrangement (wheeled for ground adjustments/relocation of the unit), the MF-100 features qualities akin to a conventional helicopter as it can take-off and land where most fixed-wing aircraft cannot. The rounded, rectangle fuselage houses most of the pertinent operating systems, cameras/sensors, and power supplies while outboard sponsons mount four lift motors each, these providing balanced, fully-controlled hovering. Traditional straight monoplanes are set over the fuselage and a "V-type" tail unit is affixed to the extreme aft-end of the aircraft to complete the design.

The MF-100 is marketed with "End-to-End" (E2E) autonomous delivery capability, its inherent VTOL ability, and can carry up to 100lb of cargo out to a range of 600 miles while reaching speeds of 150 miles-per-hour. Because of its all-electric powerplant / drive arrangement, this eVTOL is a carbon-neutral, ecologically-friendly design. A "Distributed Electric Propulsion" (DEP) scheme is in-built, providing a measure of safety should one of the lift props fail - the unit can undertake an emergency landing relatively safely under its own power in such an event.

The primary goal of the product is to reduce the reliance on ground-based delivery trucks with the hope of reducing carbon emissions considerably. The MF-100 would infiltrate several sectors of the commercial logistics market including warehouse-to-retail and rural delivery. Beyond this is an eye towards humanitarian support / disaster relief operations as the air system would be able to reach hard-to-access areas with much-needed supplies and vital medicines.

In the general logistics pipeline (typically package delivery), MF-100 UAS would be sent to, and arrive at, the fulfillment center following the acceptance of the customer order. After taking on cargo, the aircraft would then head directly towards the destination all-the-while monitored. Once there, the cargo would be unloaded and the aircraft ready for its next assignment - all this without the need to involve a ground-based truck and driver.
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Specifications



Service Year
2022

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
PUSHER-PROP
Design incorporates rear-facing pusher-prop arrangement, a contrast to the more conventional puller-prop layout.
ALL-ELECTRIC
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
ENHANCED ACCESS
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.
UNMANNED OPERATION
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.


monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
High-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base MightyFly MF-100 production variant)
Installed: All-electric drive arrangement powering 1 x Pusher prop at rear of fuselage with 8 x Lift props along side/outboard sponsons (four lift motors to each hull side).
Max Speed
149 mph
(240 kph | 130 kts)
Range
600 mi
(965 km | 1,787 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base MightyFly MF-100 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Cargo load of up to 100lb.


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