SkyLifter redefines heavy lifting

Taking over where helicopter payloads leave off. And did we mention, SkyLifters are designed to make the future green.

Very heavy airlift

SkyLifters are designed for lifting payloads up to 25 tonnes, vertically, as an air-crane. The payload hook is suspended permanently in the sky using an aerostat which also supports the entire mass of the aircraft.

This lifting capability could be used to carry items for wind-farm construction, pylon and bridge installations, and anything that is too heavy for helicopters, or too difficult to move by land or sea.

External payload

Our focus is to lift and carry oversize, large payloads or fragile items, so the SkyLifter carries its payload externally. If the item needs protection, we can surround it with a payload jacket.

Being able to move oversize loads with relative ease, freed from the size restrictions of road transport, will enable factory manufacturing to make larger items at less cost.

Flexible logistics

No landing, minimal payload hand-offs, and extended loiter are key benefits. SkyLifters would be used in many projects where other terrestrial crane services are unable to work, particularly in isolated, mountainous, waterlogged or forest regions.

The SkyLifter. A serious heavy lifting aerial crane.

With helicopter technology limited to payloads of up to 20 tonne, the SkyLifter’s 25 tonne vertical pick-up and delivery capability will present a paradigm shift for the heavy airlift industry when it is introduced.

A common theme in the heavy airlift scenario is the ad-hoc nature of the tasks – so a ‘go anywhere’, ‘lift anything’ aircraft is demanded.

Payload

up to 25,000 kg (55,000 lbs)

Cruise Range

over 2,000 km (1,200 miles)

Cruise Speed

about 45 knots (80 kmph/50 mph)

Cruise Altitude

under 3,000m (10,000 ft)

Crew

1 pilot

Power

Solar/Electric (BioFuel backup)


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