How safe is the Aero-X?
Like any vehicle, the Aero-X is safe when two conditions are met: (1) the operator has received adequate training, and (2) the vehicle is operated within its performance specifications and under appropriate environmental conditions. Operators should always remain aware of all elements of the external environment (including terrain, onlookers, and weather) and only operate the vehicle when conditions are safe.
Does the Aero-X have fail-safe capability?
Yes, the Aero-X has redundancy in its control system and 3:2 redundancy in the powerplant to insure the vehicle will remain airborne long enough to permit a controlled landing, should a mechanical failure occur. In the drivetrain, sensors monitor its health and provide status to the pilot before a mechanical failure occurs.
What is 3:2 powerplant redundancy?
The Aero-X has three engine rotors when only two are actually required to remain flying. Each rotor is run as a separate engine. The primary reason we selected a rotary motor is safety: The failure mode of a rotary is graceful degradation rather than seizing, as a piston can. In the event of failure of one engine or rotor, the other two work harder to maintain the required RPM for flight, while the pilot is alerted to set down.
How can a control system be redundant?
Multiple ejectors, are used to perform a given control function, such as pitching or rolling. The Aero-X uses four ejectors in roll and three in pitch such that the loss of any two ejectors does not limit your ability to control the craft.