Flying Container Project
The Flying Container Project – a game changing solution for logistic issues !
International freight transport is based on the 40-foot 32T containers. But there are areas where logistical infrastructure does not exist or do not offer satisfactory quality and safety. To address this market VOLIRIS is developing an aircraft capable of performing automatic back and forth carrying a container, the Automatic container transport by air shuttle – NATAC.
POTENTIAL USES OF NATAC
- New exploration sites
- (mines, oil ﬁelds)
- Temporary operation
- (extreme logistics)
- Seasonal work
- Quick deployment logistics
- Refugee camps and natural catastrophe recovery
- Environment-friendly (CO2 credit)
Our Industrial Partners
Unprecedented operational characteristics
- Transport a 40feets container up to 30.5 T
- 1000Km of autonomy
- Flying at low altitude and low speed
- Takeoff and landing on unprepared runways of approximately 800m
- Human assistance during takeoff and approach performed by a single operator on the ground
- Unhijackable system
- Operated in segregated air corridors
Secured Air Bridge Shuttle
Once NATAC has been programmed, it is limited to back and forth journeys from departure base to destination base. NATAC adapts to different wind directions as long as weather condition are within the limits deﬁned by the test pilot who did the programming. On arrival, the operator needs to check that the runway is clear. He can order the machine to make 360 rounds above a safety altitude to clear the runway if necessary.
NATAC sends its position by satellite, but is not radio-controlled during the ﬂight. This is an important feature to prevent misuse or terrorist hijack. The trajectory is deﬁned according to license granted by the government. As many waypoints as necessary can be program- med on the trajectory which does not necessarily need to be a straight line.