MAKING FLIGHT HUMAN-PROOF

HIGHLY REDUNDANT, ELECTRIC MOTORS

✔︎ Eighteen motors, propellers, and batteries

✔︎ Safely land with up to 6 motors disabled

✔︎ Highly reliable - only 18 moving parts!

✔︎ Bird strike tolerant design

 

REDUNDANT FLIGHT CONTROL

✔︎ 3X redundant flight computer

✔︎ 3X redundant sensors (GPS, IMU, etc.)

✔︎ Sensors for collision avoidance

 

FLOATS

✔︎ Safe emergency landing capabilities on water

✔︎ Energy-absorbing center float crumple zone

✔︎ Whole aircraft air-cushion deploys with BRS

OVERHEAD ROTOR DESIGN

✔︎ Propellers out of reach

✔︎ Enhanced visibility

✔︎ Distributed batteries (away from pilot)

✔︎ All critical systems at least 2x redundant

✔︎ Design factor of safety >2 everywhere

 

AUTONOMOUS BALLISTIC PARACHUTE

✔︎ Patented PARAZERO BRS for multicopters

✔︎ Effective as low as 10m (33 feet)

✔︎ Autonomously deploys when needed

 

SWAPPABLE, DISTRIBUTED BATTERIES

✔︎ 18 separate batteries for fault tolerance

✔︎ Away from pilot (thermal runaway tolerant)

✔︎ Saves cabling weight, charge on ground carts

MISSION CONTROL

✔︎ Redundant 2-way communication with Control

✔︎ Dedicated controllers monitoring flight telemetry

✔︎ Multiple remote pilots on standby

✔︎ Assisted preflight and safety briefings

✔︎ Emergency assistance and intervention

CONTROLLED FLIGHT ENVIRONMENT

✔︎ Geo-spatially mapped flight areas

✔︎ Fixed obstructions mapped 

✔︎ Only allow flying in good weather conditions

AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT

✔︎ Flight controlled by computer with joystick input

✔︎ "Let go" of stick is a controlled hover

✔︎ Automated precision takeoffs and landings 

✔︎ Automatic low battery Return to Home

✔︎ Automatic wind speed, direction adjustments 

AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT

✔︎ Semi-autonomous flight control

✔︎ Networked aircraft for geo-sphere collision avoidance

✔︎ Ground-based radar for collision avoidance

✔︎ Differential GPS assisted navigation

"LIFT's goal of being 10X safer than general aviation is achievable by combining an inherently redundant and simple aircraft design with its semi-autonomous, controlled flying experience."

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Charles Justiz

Former Chief of Aviation Safety at NASA