OEM - Neva Sub-Systems

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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),
Patent granted.
  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:

Members of the Neva early development team with the Alpha prototype

The inherent in-flight stability of the Alpha concept lends itself to hovering to undertake delicate maintenance work

Smart Cargo

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).
    Micron prototype
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Design engineer’ s rendering of the Micron prototype – now in production.

Prototype production is already underway. See the team at work HERE. Micron prototype

What could these drones look like in commercial use? The Micron concept


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

Modular approach 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:

short take-off and landing
STOL (short take-off and landing)
Passenger transport
Passenger transport

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

About Neva Aerospace


Neva Aerospace is a European consortium based in the United Kingdom. It partners with key clients, technology suppliers, and financial institutions to develop technologies for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), unmanned air cargo (UAC), aerial robotic platforms (ARP), and electric aviation. It owns a portfolio of patents and technologies which are among the most advanced worldwide. As of January 2016 Neva Consortium counts 5 companies with more than 100 people.

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