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®. The Skycar® 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® rotary engine, designed specifically for applications requiring high power along with low weight, volume, hazardous emissions, fuel consumption and cost per horsepower.
The Skycar® and Neuera™ have been featured on a number of TV programs including CBS 60 Minutes “Highway In The Sky”, NBC’s Today Show “Today’s American Story”, and History Channel’s “Greatest Movie Gadgets: Then and Now.”
Skycar®, Neuera™ and Rotapower® are trademarks of Moller International in the USA and other countries.