Moller International, Inc. Develops High Rise Rescue Vehicle Moller International, Inc. Develops High Rise Rescue Vehicle
Davis, CA - September 1, 2009 -- Moller International (the “Company” -- OTC-BB: MLER) announced today that it has begun assembly of a unique version of it Neuera-series VTOL aircrafts, the Moller “Firefly”. The Firefly is specifically designed for urban search and rescue operations. (see www.Moller.com).
“The Firefly can address the pressing need for a vehicle that is able to extract trapped personnel directly from the upper floors of office buildings,” stated Dr. Paul Moller, President of Moller International. “It can accomplish this by positioning itself adjacent to the building near a window, thereby enabling trapped personnel to exit the building directly into the Firefly.” Unlike a helicopter, the Firefly's enclosed rotors can approach and dock to the side of a high-rise building without interference from a dangerous overhead rotor.
Based very closely on the Company's M200 Neuera recreational and utility vehicle, the Firefly will be capable of retrieving three people per trip and transporting them safely to ground level, a capability that is virtually non-existent in current search and rescue vehicles. The Firefly is equipped with larger engines to accommodate the increased payload and will have a retractable ramp with handrails to facilitate movement to and from the building. The operator is seated at the rear of the vehicle where he can oversee and provide direction to those being rescued.
The Firefly operator will use the computer-assisted flight control system to maneuver the aircraft, requiring less training than conventional air-rescue vehicles. The Company anticipates that public safety personnel will be able to operate the vehicle under the authority already granted to local fire and rescue organizations, as the high-rise rescue will typically occur within city limits.
About Moller International
Moller International is a fully reporting public company (OTC-BB: MLER) that developed and flight-tested a utility or recreational, two-passenger VTOL aircraft called the Neuera™. This was followed by the development and initial flight-testing of a four-passenger VTOL aircraft called the Skycar(R). The Skycar(R) has the potential to provide an airborne alternative to a significant portion of the miles now traveled by automobile. Both aircraft use the Company's Rotapower(R) rotary engine, designed specifically for applications requiring high power along with low weight, volume, hazardous emissions, fuel consumption and cost per horsepower.
I saw this news out this morning but I was unable to post it. Working in a hospital setting, a vehicle with this capability would be invaluable. I agree they need a contract though I am quite sure that is coming soon. Call me a believer but I say give it two months and they will have an engine contract.
Reminder to all Moller will be making the m200 before the 400. They are cheaper to build and probably have a better chance to resell in this economy. If they are actually building airframes then they must be anticipating the engines being available for them.
well (guess I'm being a little bit of a basher today) we've all seen the photos. those airframes were molded and produced before last year's stock holder's meeting. what progress has been made since then? July's newsletter had a photo of the same three empty airframe shells. I think I saw something mentioned that they were completing or completed the landing/undercarriage assemblies for one or all three of these m200s. That is still a long way from being complete.
So with this new news item, does this mean that assembly has resumed and the funds are in place to fully see it through? I imagine it isn't easy to install all the additional hardware needed to fly:
the eight engines (I believe the engines are ready for installation) flight control surfaces such as vanes the cockpit with avionics the FCS with all it's quadruple redundant hardware ...
Didn't we all know this already? Haven't we even seen pictures of the partially assembled m200s?
So the question is, are they now committed to finishing assembly...Do they have the funds in hand to see it through or is it another teaser. I certainly hope they have the funds to finish at least one of the three bodies and get it up and flying.