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Easy to operate,

safe take-offs by Airbus Group

and landings
The proof-of-concept Quadcruiser performed its maiden flight
at the Grabenstetten special airfield near Stuttgart, Germany,
in December 2013, followed by testing at the Airbus Defence
and Space facility in Manching. The Quadcruiser project team
includes Steinbeis Flugzeug- und Leichtbau GmbH, who built
the 10 kg-class demonstrator aircraft.

Primary goals of the flight trials performed to date were to


test aircraft handling qualities under controlled conditions and
to demonstrate stability and controllability while hovering, as
well as low-speed flight in hover mode. Follow-on evaluations
concentrate on the transition from VTOL to horizontal flight.
The Quadcruiser aircraft now in flight test is capable of up to
50 minutes of horizontal flight in the fixed-wing aircraft mode.

Due to its capabilities for cruise and hover flight, it can


be operated in long range missions as well as in urban
environments. Future applications are seen in various
surveillance and reconnaissance missions for military as well as
civil customers like police, boarder patrols and fire brigades.

The concept is completely independent of any launch and


recovery systems like catapults, reducing the logistic footprint
and providing a safe and simplified operation during takeoffs
and landings.

The demonstrator vehicle represents a baseline for incremental


developments that could see increases in size, complexity and
level of autonomy. First flight of a 10-25 kg class Quadcruiser The Quadcruiser Demonstrator
is envisioned for 2015, followed by a 150 400 kg-class Technical Specifications
version in 2018-2019.
Maximum takeoff mass: 9.2 kg.
Wingspan: 1,50 m.
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Wing reference area: 0.531 m


Electrical motors: 5
Electrical motor power: 1.1 kW each
Diameter of propellers: 356 mm.
Battery package capacity: 10,000 mAh
Battery package voltage: 18.5 Volts

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Quadcruiser
An Innovative Hybrid Aircraft Concept

The Quadcruiser concept evolved from a joint effort between The application of electric motors benefitted from the growing
the Airbus Group Corporate Technical Office, and Airbus expertise in electrical aircraft and their systems at Airbus Group
Defence and Space. It has resulted in a rapid prototyping, Innovations.
low-cost proof-of-concept activity addressing potential civil
and military applications around the world. The Quadcruisers vertical flight is achieved with four vertically
oriented electric motors that drive the aircrafts lift propellers.
As a scalable unmanned aerial vehicle family, the Quadcruisers During transition to the fixed-wing aircraft mode, a pusher
hybrid concept combines the VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) propeller located at the rear accelerates the aircraft until its wings
and hover capabilities of the well-known quadcopter design with provide sufficient lift. Subsequently, the lift motors are stopped
the speed and cruise efficiency of a fixed-wing aircraft by using and their propellers adjusted to a low-drag position. Before
an additional pusher motor. landing, the aircraft transitions back to the quadcopter mode
using its four lift motors, enabling a vertical landing.