Honda Motor has filed a patent for an aircraft design featuring overlapping portions of the fuselage and cruise rotors, with an inclined surface at the rear to reduce the overlap area. This innovative design aims to improve aerodynamic efficiency and performance during horizontal movement. GlobalData’s report on Honda Motor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Honda Motor, Hydrogen fuel cells was a key innovation area identified from patents. Honda Motor's grant share as of January 2024 was 46%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Aircraft with overlapping fuselage and rotors for thrust generation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Honda Motor Co Ltd

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034466A1) describes an innovative aircraft design featuring a fuselage, a wing connected to the rear portion of the fuselage, and at least two cruise rotors on the right and left sides of the fuselage. These cruise rotors generate thrust during horizontal movement, with two of them positioned at the rear of the wing. The design includes an overlapping portion where the fuselage and cruise rotors intersect, gradually decreasing in area from front to rear due to an inclined surface on the rear fuselage.

Additionally, the aircraft design includes features such as a rear fuselage extending below the cruise rotors, a fuselage cross-section decreasing in area from front to rear, overlapping portions of the wing and cruise rotors in the front view, and interconnected ducts for the cruise rotors. The design also incorporates takeoff and landing rotors for lift generation, with some positioned behind the cruise rotors. Furthermore, flight control surfaces on the wing are arranged further from the fuselage than the cruise rotors, enhancing maneuverability. These claims highlight the unique configuration and functionality of the aircraft, showcasing potential advancements in aerodynamics and flight performance.

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