Long-range autonomous delivery

Straight to the Point-of-Need

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The Problem We're Solving

Cargo Delivery to Remote Locations with Limited Infrastructure

In places with undeveloped, limited, or damaged infrastructure, time-critical transportation of cargo can be extremely difficult, risky, expensive, and slow.

 
 
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Commercial and Industrial

Challenges

  • Truck deliveries affected by available routes, speed limits and road conditions

  • Trips limited by driver availability

  • Average road delivery round trip of 7 hours

 

Typical Mission

Emergency or time-sensitive parts delivery and routine resupply

 

Military and Defense

Challenges

  • Helicopter deliveries costly and vulnerable

  • Limited by equipment and pilot availability

  • Often requires hub and spoke staging operations

 

Typical Mission

Special Ops resupply

 
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Medical and Humanitarian

Challenges

  • Road deliveries are slow and often impossible

  • Helicopters expensive and staff and fuel intensive

  • Hub and spoke distribution often results in inventory imbalances

 

Typical Mission

Delivery of water, tents, medicines, building materials

 

The Market is ready for Disruption

With significantly lower capital and operating costs, greater routing flexibility straight to the point of need, and just-in-time delivery capability, we reduce reliance on operators and maintenance personnel, providing reliable transportation regardless of infrastructure.

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Typical Hub Logistics

Multiple disrtribution points before arriving at the point of need

Aergility Distributed Logistics

Point-of-supply direct to point-of-need


Our Solution:
Autonomous Cargo UAVs

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Aergility ATLIS CARGO UAV

 

Performance Specs

Spec US Metric
Max Speed, Vh 115 mph 185 kmh
Cruise Speed, Vh 100 mph 160 kmh
Range* 200-600 mi 320-960 kmh
Takeoff/Landing Distance 0 (vertical)
Gross Takeoff Weight 800 lbs 363 kg
Empty Weight 400 lbs 181 kg
Useful Load* 250-350 lbs 113-159 kg

* Payload of 400 lbs gives useful load/range of 350 lbs/200 mi to 250 lbs/600 mi

 
 

Safety Specs

Triple Redundancies

  • Sensors

  • Flight Controllers

  • Batteries

Dual Communication Buses

Failure Tolerance

  • Engine

  • Protor/Motor

Controller Safety-Constrained Flight Envelope

 

Key Attributes

  • Autonomous delivery, straight to the point-of-need

  • Longest multirotor range in the world

  • Lowest operating cost of any aerial cargo vehicle

  • Patented technology

  • High maneuverability and operating speed

Patented Technology and Hybrid Design

Union of Two Flight Technologies

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Multirotor

Multirotors have powerful and lightweight electric motors… but these aircraft use battery power for both forward flight AND lift. Due to the weight of the batteries required to keep them in the air, multirotors have limited range and poor payload efficiency. 

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Gyrocopter

Unlike a helicopter, a gyrocopter uses an unpowered rotor. A pusher prop gives the vehicle forward motion, and airflow rotates the rotor, providing lift, a concept know as autorotation.

 
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Managed Autorotation

Like a multirotor, powerful electric motors are used for vertical take off and landing,and like a gyrocopter, in forward flight. Our rotors provide lift via autorotation.

 

With Managed Autorotation, power can be adjusted to maneuver the aircraft or recharge the batteries in-flight.  Thanks to the gas-powered pusher prop, we achieve many times the range of a multirotor, reducing need for heavy batteries.

 

Technology Platform

  • Patented Managed Autorotation technology

  • Blended gas-electric design

  • Autonomous navigation

  • State-of-the-art ground control

  • Integrated cargo handling system

  • Scalable platform

 
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Progress

Simulator and Static Tests

Thousands of hours have gone into refining our design over the past 3 years, through dozens of iterations and innovations, using a simulator to validate new ideas. From there we progressed to a static testing rig to test motors, speed controllers, and propellers

Scale Prototype

Our quarter-scale ATLIS prototype has been constructed and flight-tested at quarter-scale in order to validate and build upon all simulator testing


 

Real World Solutions

 
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Time-Sensitive Mine Deliveries

Current Approach

  • Trucks deliver goods across winding roads

  • Multi-hour roundtrips

  • Thousands of trips annually

Aergility’s Advantage

  • Aerial routes cut distance traveled by 30%

  • Reduced risk of human error

  • Lower cost and faster delivery speed

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Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Current Approach

  • Four Blackhawks fly 369 flight hours across 216 missions in 30 days

  • Helicopters deliver 400k+ lbs (180k+ kg)

Aergility’s Advantage

  • Eight ATLIS aircraft each fly 10 sorties a day

  • Cargo delivered directly to points of need

  • Aergility delivers 480k+ lbs (215k+ kg) in 15 days

  • 2X delivery at less than half the cost

Competitive Advantages

VTOL UAV Market - Useful Load and Range

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Key Advantages

  • Significantly lower capital and operating costs

  • Greater routing flexibility straight to the point of need

    • Just-in-time delivery capability

    • Reduced hub-and-spoke distribution infrastructure

    • Faster response time on urgent deliveries

    • Sequential sortie capability when additional cargo needed

  • Reduced reliance on drivers, pilots and specialized maintenance personnel

  • Higher assured delivery across damaged or unpassable roads 


Team

Leadership and Success in Business and Technology

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Jim Vander Mey

Founder, CEO

Jim has been the founder and CEO of two successful technology startups funded by major venture firms and strategic partners, and has served on numerous company and organization governing boards.

After time in academia as a professor of Computer Science at two Big 10 universities, Jim embarked on a prolific career of multidisciplinary product design, with patents / patents pending in computer architecture, data communications, optics, solar energy, spread spectrum technology, and aeronautics.

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Larry Yonge

CO-Founder, VP R&D

Larry is an experienced leader in managing advanced technology research and development with over 100 US patents.

As Senior Director for Qualcomm Atheros / Intellon Corporation, he managed the development of multiple generations of the HomePlug powerline technology. Founder of startup in 1984 that grossed $44M (in 2018 dollars) the second year in business.

Larry holds a commercial pilot’s license and has over 40 years of flying experience.

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Tim Vander Mey

Chief Design Engineer

Tim has over 30 years of experience in electronic and mechanical design. He has led design efforts in factory automation, high speed communication and signal processing, RF and high speed analog, power electronics and magnetics, motor control, structural design, thermal management, LIDAR vision systems, and numerous other technologies.

Tim also holds patents in a variety of diverse fields, including digital signal processing, VTOL aircraft design, and cancer treatment.

 

Partners

Robrady - Industrial Design

Zivko Aueronautics - Prototype Build and Manufacturing

Watts Innovations - Flight Testing

Contact Us

We are based out of Dunnellon, FL with most of our flight testing being performed in Summerfield, FL

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