What is SkyLifter?

SKYLIFTERS ARE SOLAR-ELECTRIC AIR-CRANES
  • Enabling green logistics by:
    • overcoming the limitations of land-crane access.
    • exceeding all helicopter payload capabilities.
    • lifting heavier, faster, higher, with less cost and no pollution.
  • Smart marriage of maritime and aerospace engineering.
  • High-margin returns for operators. Lower costs for end users.
  • Our team is now seeking further investment and partnerships to bring SkyLifters to market.

It’s genuine greentech

Aerial Crane

Genuine eVTOL capability for hard-to-access places.

Very heavy payloads and perfect for oversize or fragile items.

Design

Natural stability – a low centre-of-gravity and symmetrical loading.

Active stability – omni-directional thrusters.

GreenTech

In harmony with the environment. Naturally NetZero.

Designed with electric propulsion and practical handling.

SkyLifter’s place in the big picture – Markets & USPs

  • As air platforms, SkyLifters can deliver market-competitive capability for many high-value applications.
  • We choose to focus on the Unique Capabilities (shown on the left in the graphic below) that we can deliver to the lifting market, then grow into the other market sectors (shown on the right in the graphic below).

Business case (SkyLifter USPs for Wind market)

WIND ENERGY’S BIG PROBLEM

  • Demand is increasing, but most of the preferred sites are already populated.
  • Only 2 options to increase output:
    • renew/upgrade existing assets and/or
    • build new installations in more challenging terrain.
  • Both come with significant logistical challenges.
  • There is more current and projected demand for cranes, both domestic and overseas, than available supply.

 

SKYLIFTER’S BIG SOLUTION
  • The graphic below shows the Top 3 Value Propositions and Top 3 Unique Capabilities:
    • Hook heights beyond the upper limits of mobile land cranes  – >200m (600ft).
    • Faster deploy/transit time  – estimated x2 mission speed over land crane.
    • Crane service anywhere – no road required.
    • Endless flight endurance – even with power off.
    • SkyLifter Type 2 payloads more than helicopters – >20,000 kg (55,000 lbs).
    • Green credentials – powered by hybrid-solar-electric-bio-fuel.
FINANCIALS

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  • Capital injection requirements and capital stack (investment inputs).
  • Forecast cashflows and P&L.
  • ROI, IRR and timelines.
  • Known risks and mitigation plan
  • Growth plan for larger ROI multiples.

Market size

BOOMING CRANE MARKET
  • With a combined figure of $27.851 billion, 2019 saw the revenue of the top 10 largest crane manufacturers in the world rise 12.5%.
  • SkyLifter’s market-entry point as an air-crane focuses on the servicing and renewal of wind turbines.
  • The market sizes (and growth) demonstrated below will clearly demand more aircraft units than shown in the financial P&L forecast.

 

UK WIND HISTORY
  • UK data set shows location, size and age of farms.
  • Most assets earmarked for Lifetime Extension, then Repowering – so 2 bites of the cherries.
  • Size of the renewal market will double in next 5 years, putting strain on existing crane resources.

 

 

 

EUROPE WIND HISTORY

 

 

 

GLOBAL MARKET GROWTH
  • Europe invested £17bn for the construction of new wind farms in 2019
  • Graph forecasts the growth.
  • SkyLifter will need to scale-up the payload capability.

 

Why now

TODAY’S MARKET DRIVERS
  • Customers calling.
  • Wind Farms are starting to reach their 25-year maturity date – renewal demand is clear and present.
  • Widespread market adoption of green solutions.
  • Drones and autonomous systems.
  • Covid-19 induced disruption of markets and talent.

 

SKYLIFTER FOCUS
  • Pivoting from a catch-all solution to niche MVP (Minimum Viable Product).
  • Closest relationship to prospect customer.

How it works

SKYLIFTER INNOVATIVE DESIGN FEATURES
  • Always front-facing omni-directional arrangement.
  • Stability from symmetrical load paths.
  • Modular design with hot-swappable pod / hull (gas-bag) to quickly satisfy changing demand.

 

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS (SIMPLIFIED)

  • SkyLifter flies to the site and deploys its ballast pods to stabilise the hook.
  • Payload hook is deployed to do the lifting.
  • When finished, ballast pods are retracted.
  • SkyLifter flies to the next job.

 

 

PRODUCT SPECS (INDICATIVE)
  • Payload – ranges from 1,000 kg to 250,000 kg (2200 lbs to 550,000 lbs)
  • Endurance – endless low-cost hover
  • Noise level – silent to low whirr
  • Speed – 45 knots (80 kmph/50 mph)
  • Range – over 2,000 km (1,200 miles)
  • Altitude – under 3,000m (10,000 ft)
  • Crew – 1 pilot (on/off-board/autonomous-option)
  • Power – Solar/Electric (BioFuel backup)

Note: With a low centre of gravity and a high centre of buoyancy, SkyLifters are designed for stability. Learn more here.

IP & Competition

IP & PATENTS
  • Design Registration and Patent Applications are underway.
  • Prototyping activity has created some ‘trade secrets’ relating to both manufacturing and operations that may be patented when it becomes sensible to do so, including the launch/capture process (take-off/landing), buoyancy/ballast handling (flight stability), and maintenance/repair processes (MRO).
  • Patent searches using broadly selected key-words reveal 13,600 patents of which about 1,600 are active and 2,150 are in the specific LTA group B64B1/00, so about 16% (or 344) are likely to be active and relate to LTA.  Of these, the vast majority relate to tethered or unpowered lighter-than-air aircraft such as balloons and cigar-shaped airships.

 

COMPETITORS
  • Some large cranes.
  • Some large helicopters, capability and pricing.
  • Some large airships:
    • An absence of airships populating the sky is evidence of high barriers to entry. The concept of airships – as a bag of gas used to create buoyancy and some propellers attached to push it around the sky – is deceptively simple but hard to deliver as a practical cost-effective capability.
    • Competitors are in their development phase.
  • SkyLifter Strengths and Opportunities:
    • aircraft and con-ops less complex than designs of known competitors.
    • team focus on ‘value-innovation’ bridging the gaps in the market that our competitors do not address.

Development roadmap

ROADMAP TO REVENUE – THE FIRST AND SECOND 36 MONTHS

SkyLifters are designed in 3 primary sizes, from Type 1 scaling up to Type 3. Each satisfies different market demands.

CERTIFICATION & PRODUCTION
  • Engagement with EASA and other authorities for DOA, POA, AOC, TC, COA and other supporting certifications – to earn a track record of safety.
  • Team includes HDO and HOA qualified people with experience of getting the approvals above.
  • Pre-orders and modular construction aids production planning and parallel manufacture.

 

DISTRIBUTION

Distribution plan fits with the current aerospace supply chain model, as follows:

  • SkyLifter (as the OEM) → Air Finance (AF to convert CapEx to OpEx) → Air Operator (AOC leases the aircraft from AF and adds insurance, crew, maintenance) → End User (EU issuing the contract to be fulfilled).

 

NOTES
  • DOA – Design Organisation Approval
  • POA – Production Organisation Approval
  • AOC – Air Operator Certificate (for operating aircraft commercially)
  • TC – Type Certificate (for the aircraft ‘blueprint’)
  • COA – Certificate of Airworthiness (for each aircraft operating)
  • HDO – Head of Design Organisation (a person responsible)
  • HOA – Head of Office of Airworthiness (a person responsible)

 

People

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

 

Jeremy Fitton – CEO

Jeremy was inspired to set up and invest in SkyLifter after identifying the need for heavy lift equipment in areas where cranes and helicopters can no longer operate.

His focus on value-innovation to deliver investment ROI comes from three decades of business development success in rolling out emerging technologies across international markets, most recently with counter-drone security installations in nearly every European country.

“Our business is demand-driven and the commercial viability of our products is at the key to ROI. This, together with our approach to the technology, sets us apart from competitors. We have a clear vision of our realistic path to market and a supremely experienced team to take us there with maximum impact for our investors.”

 

Ute Christopher – CMO


Ute’s energy comes from the drive to make huge meaningful impacts in the sustainable delivery of humanitarian aid. Of course, she is planning to do that with huge SkyLifters.

She has 30 years experience in the Lighter-Than-Air industry including the operation of commercial balloons and collaboration on renowned sector publications, and her advanced marketing skills call upon her natural talents with language and psychology.

Her contribution to SkyLifter is invaluable, giving both smart, quick-thinking business strategy, and mature cultural awareness for customer engagement and diversity.

“SkyLifter’s market driven modular approach opens opportunities far greater than any of us can imagine at this stage, plus the MVP based business model has success written all over it at a time when the world cries out for scalable, viable solutions to the ever increasing climate crisis with devastating effects on humanity.”

 

David Taylor – Head of Business Development UK

Founder of Oscar Propulsion, David is a proven technology entrepreneur with a 30+ year track record in delivering shareholder value, through the successful commercialisation of disruptive technical innovations addressing global opportunities, in particular, now, those offering environmental benefits.

Specifically, he works on product development, IP protection, business start-up and growth, teambuilding, market strategy, business plan development, search for licensees, fundraising, IP licensing, business exit, and maximizing the return to shareholders.

“Skylifter stands out as a very exciting opportunity – highly innovative with unique but practical designs which will bring LTA into mainstream lifting and transportation, and will make a highly disruptive, yet sustainable impact with outstanding ESG credentials helping users meet their net zero carbon targets.”

 

Agnar Nielsen – Head of Business Development Europe

Agnar is experienced within product, project and program management, with full contractual, commercial and technical responsibility as well as full product life cycle responsibility; from innovation, development, test, production, delivery/installation and service until termination primarily within aerospace and the wind turbine industries.

He has led international, multi-cultural high valued strategic projects for companies like Bang & Olufsen, Terma Group, Cobham, Vestas and Stiesdal, making an impact on time to market, quality, contribution margin and additional sales.

Agnar is introducing SkyLifter to the European market.

“The SkyLifter business case is there – and it is solid, especially within the wind turbine industry. A lot of cost associated with building wind farms is the creation of the infrastructure to accommodate heavy and oversize loads.

This can be saved by using the SkyLifter with the added benefit of its lifting capacity at site to raise the wind turbines – even greater cost savings. Plus the SkyLifter operation is safer, faster, and far better for the environment, because we don’t leave a huge footprint for the generations to come.”

 

Erich K. Schmid – Head of Business Development USA

At Babcock & Wilcox Company (NYSE: BW) Corporate Planning and Business Development Department Erich led the annual preparation of the 5-year Business Plan for the Power Generation Group’s nine divisions and the consolidation of those into the Group’s 5-year Business Plan.

Building on this significant expertise, Erich then took responsibility for mergers & acquisitions and international joint ventures as Tidewater Inc. ‘s (NYSE: TDW) first Director of Corporate Development before founding Business Intermediary Services, Ltd. (BIS) to focus on lower, middle-market merger & acquisition transactions.

Erich offers the SkyLifter opportunity to the US market.

“In the 1970s I studied lighter than air concepts to transport nuclear components from a manufacturing plant to constructions sites. Following the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 this came to an abrupt end. Today the construction of wind farms creates a new opportunity for airships to move large components to remote constructions sites. Conceptually I believe SkyLifters can meet these needs.”

 

Luca Leone – CTO

Luca strikes a great balance between technical expertise and business acumen, with a background working on a range of international aerospace and defence programmes, such as the British Army Mastiff, Rolls Royce engine programmes, the AERALIS fast jet and many others. He has spent a considerable amount of time in leadership roles and is highly networked in this space, helping SkyLifter attract the talent it needs to succeed.

Luca is perfectly placed to oversee the successful completion of SkyLifter’s development phases of design, manufacturing and scaling the operation in the most effective and efficient manner.

“SkyLifter helps address our existential challenge of climate change and some of the biggest problems faced by the wind energy sector, through a disruptive but surprisingly simple approach. I was originally attracted by the opportunity to help facilitate this green revolution, but have gone on to also see the incredible opportunity to scale the solution.”

 

CERTIFICATION & PRODUCT

 

Matt Powlson – Head of Design Organisation (HDO)

As a Chartered Engineer (IET), Matt spent the first 20 years of his career as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Air Force, with programme responsibilities and experiences, from the front line to type airworthiness, including fast jets and air transport.

Matt is instrumental in ensuring that all design and certification requirements are considered from the outset and are applied appropriately and timely, meeting the challenge of developing new standards where necessary and demonstrating how SkyLifter complies.

“Upon my first look at SkyLifter, it was clear that this is a great solution. As we refine the engineering, the simple, elegant design becomes even clearer and more compelling.”

 

Scott Vaughan – Head of Office of Airworthiness (HOA)

Scott is highly regarded as an expert on airworthiness, certification and whole aircraft flight test.

His most recent experience, as Technical & Safety Director to a multi-national PFI, was the delivery of an entirely new fixed wing flying training capability to the UK MoD with a contract value of £525 million.

Working alongside the Head of the Design Organisation, Scott holds executive and strategic responsibility for the certification and test flying programmes, as well as enabling SkyLifter to achieve Design Organisation Approval against CAA/EASA regulations.

“SkyLifter’s novel design, coupled with its green credentials are both intriguing and attractive to me, affording me the opportunity to carefully integrate the safety and airworthiness aspects into every strand of the company such that they become part of the enduring SkyLifter culture and legacy.”

 

Stuart Haycock – Head of Production

Stuart manufactures and operates inflatable structures, from parachute training balloons and EP evac slides for the airlines, to bespoke special projects. His team built SkyLifter’s first capability concept demonstrator, the Vikki.

His significant knowledge of all related markets and industries makes Stuart our go-to choice for advising on the down selection of equipment and suppliers, as well as overseeing the manufacture and assembly of SkyLifter components.

“The SkyLifter design intrigued us. Having built the Vikki system and witnessed it fly, it was clear to me that the design arrangement is feasible with potential to scale, and it gives me every confidence that this can become a commercially viable air-crane system.”

 

Luke Brooke – Lighter-Than-Air Design Specialist

Luke has hands-on experience with airship design, documentation and assembly. Extensive involvement in creating and maintaining a worldwide operational airship fleet provides him with priceless expertise and an understanding of what actually works in the field, thereby helping SkyLifter to avoid the pitfalls that have cost so many so dearly.

His work has included major LTA programmes such as Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Air Vehicle, high altitude balloons for NASA and for Round the World balloon projects. His core skills in envelope fabric structure design make him an essential part of the team from the outset.

“In over 40 years in the Lighter-Than-Air aviation industry, I have worked on many projects. Relatively few of them have made optimum use of the inherent advantages of LTA over conventional heavier than air aircraft, but the SkyLifter does. SkyLifter focuses on a specific task for which a LTA heavy lift craft is particularly suited, and on a ‘minimum viable craft’. The mission requirement is defined and real, and the vehicle concept to meet these requirements is simple and practical.”

Future markets

GROWTH INTO OTHER MARKET SECTORS
  • Many heavy lifting opportunities are visible beyond Wind Energy customers. However they tend to be ad-hoc, making it hard to measure market size.
  • SkyLifter’s are modular. This feature will enable payload modifications to accommodate market demand for Data, Cargo and Passengers (see below).
  • Scaling up the size to a Type 3 SkyLifter (as seen in the pictures on this page), would enable vertical lifting of more than 100 tonnes.

 

 

FUTURE APPLICATIONS

This is a short list of applications where the SkyLifter capability can easily be presented as a better logistics option:

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Disaster relief
  • Ship-to-Shore/Ship-to-Ship
  • Scientific expeditions (Ocean, Forest, Dessert)
  • Tourism/Sightseeing/Safari
  • Air ambulance/hospital

 

Get in touch

Jeremy Fitton

CEO and
Early Investor

jeremyfitton@skylifter.eu

+44 7932 888 008


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