Neva co-founder Prof. Brotherton-Ratcliffe’s original patent for electric and hybrid vertical take-off and landing uses multiple electric ducted fans; and our further research has led us to focus on three distinct developments applicable to commercial markets.
- Hyper-stable multi-copter like drones for maintenance & heavy load
- VTOL & Linear flight unmanned aircraft for smart cargo
- Modular approach for specific development – STOL, drone-crane, manned vehicle etc.
|Prof. David Brotherton-Ratcliffe explains the key Neva concept.|
Neva technology is based on three key patents:
|Distributed thrust for VTOL and linear flight
(US Patent Application 2010 No. 2012/0056040-A1, UK Patent Application 2009 No. 1004752.0),
|The Neva modular thrust approach
(UK Patent Application 2013 No. 1322401.9) Patent pending.
|The Space Bridge for recharging drones
(UK Patent Application 2014 No. 1409654.9). Patent pending.
Maintenance and Heavy Load
Hyper-Stable Drones for Maintenance and Heavy Load
A key application for Neva technology is to provide hyper-stable VTOL platform for robotic arms that can perform maintenance, construction and emergency work. These designs are a significant improvement on the multi copter designs they supersede.
The first prototype developed and tested at our Sussex, UK workshop was the Neva Alpha.
With further development work, Alpha has evolved to the concept of Neva Vlinder for maintenance and construction work:
Unmanned aircraft for smart cargo
Long distance flight
Long distance flight has been a key challenge for drone developers across the globe, but it is Neva that is solving the key issues with elegant solutions that do not compromise on the commercial utility and viability of the unmanned vehicles
We have developed concepts and prototypes for applications that will require flight over long distances, relatively short hovering time and limited need for hover.
- The Neva Maia smart cargo concept drone
- The Neva Micron drone prototype (This is a smaller version of Maia and the prototype is now in production).
No flight controller on the market today can handle transition between VTOL and linear flight, so we have been designing our own. The first prototype controller was known as Neva Arduino Controller, precursor of the Neva Micron Controller.
See our OEM section for more information. OEM
Modules for Other Markets
Modules for Other Markets – STOL, Drone-crane, manned vehicle
|Our patented modular approach for drones enables us to us to group electric turbine fans into modules that can be combined to form a larger drone, or be part of another aircraft.|
Examples of future UAV concepts we are already working on are:
As is also the case with the transition from VTOL to linear flight, there are no flight controllers on the market that can handle tens or hundreds of turbines, and Neva has developed its own model, the Micron controller. OEM Micron