Moller, Moller, Molller . . .

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Sigh. On one hand, you have to give the brains behind Moller Skycar (guess who) credit for not giving up. On the other hand, enough already. The dream of personalized airborne transportation is a fund-raising MacGuffin. The company’s latest salvo in the BS wars: Moller Skycar Goes to War! Or, as the press release puts it, “Moller is pleased to announce today that its Skycar technology has gained ground within the military for its use in high-tech, demanding battlefield applications like those in Afghanistan.” Apparently, one Lieutenant Colonel James Thomas, 304th SB, 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, recently issued white paper entitled “Winning an Asymmetric War with Skycars.” Google loves the story, but offers-up no such report or background on Col. Thomas. Still the press release, quotes from the heretofore unknown document:

Poor and unimproved roads and rugged terrain severely limit the use of the MRAP. The Moller Skycar® provides a more cost effective, highly maneuverable, lethal and safe platform for the 21st century soldier to dominate and win in an Asymmetric Warfare Environment. The Skycar® will become the MRAP vehicle of Afghanistan. The ability to safely and rapidly employ soldiers on the battlefield enables us to exercise economy of force on the battlefield, doing more with fewer soldiers.

I’m no military expert, but I can’t see how a [theoretical] Skycar is going to do much of anything for soldiers on the ground, given that it’s a [theoretical] four passenger vehicle. (Although the company claims “the Skycar technology has the ability to be both scaled up to a six passenger, M600, or scaled down to a one passenger, M100. This allows a cost efficient vehicle size to accommodate a variety of military, paramilitary, and commercial transport missions.”) If you want rapid deployment, what about an V-22 Osprey? Oh wait . . .

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  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Sep 01, 2009

    You mean like the Orbitz Hovercraft? I want one of those!

  • Niky Niky on Sep 02, 2009

    It's amazing he's still thrashing that thing around... The Moller has been in development for so long that it's completely out of date... years before it achieves untethered flight... (if it ever will). The Terrafugia Transition has gone from concept to flying prototype in just three years. And it will actually go on sale in the near future. A useless piece of kit itself, unless you're a hobbyist... but much less vaporware than the Mosler.

  • 28-Cars-Later I guess Santa showed up with bales of cash for Mitsu this past Christmas.
  • Lou_BC I was looking at an extended warranty for my truck. The F&I guy was trying to sell me on the idea by telling me how his wife's Cadillac had 2 infotainment failures costing $4,600 dollars each and how it was very common in all of their products. These idiots can't build a reliable vehicle and they want me to trust them with the vehicle "taking over" for me.
  • Sobhuza Trooper Like fusion power, the I.D. Buzz is only 30 years away.
  • Lou_BC "respondents between 18 and 80 years old" Basically anyone deemed an adult who might be allowed to drive.
  • Lou_BC They will do fine if they come up with some cool sedans ;)