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Dr. Paul S. Moller (born 1936, Canada) is an engineer who has spent
the past forty years developing the Moller Skycar
personal vertical takeoff and
landing (VTOL) vehicle.
The engine technology developed for the Skycar has also been
adapted as a UAV platform called the aerobot. The rotapower engine itself has been
spun off to a separate Moller company, Freedom Motors.
In 1972, Moller founded Supertrapp Industries to market his
invention of an engine silencing system. Moller sold Supertrapp in
1988 in order to fund development of his Skycar and its rotapower
In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued
Moller for civil fraud (Securities And Exchange Commission v.
Moller International, Inc., and Paul S. Moller, Defendants) in
connection with the sale of unregistered stock, and for making
unsubstantiated claims about the performance of the Skycar. Moller
settled this lawsuit by agreeing to a permanent injunction and
Moller is a professor
emeritus at the University of California,
Davis and lives in Davis. He was featured in Popular
Science's January 2005 issue  and
recently appeared on the Coast To Coast
In 2007, Moller announced that the M200G Volantor, a successor to the
Moller Skycar, would hopefully be on the market in the United
States by early 2008. His
proposed Autovolantor model includes an all-electric version
powered by Altairnano
Moller's credibility has been questioned in recent years because
of the vaporware nature
of his creations. In April 2009, the National Post characterized the Moller
M400 Skycar as a 'failure', and described the Moller company as "no
longer believable enough to gain investors".
Securities And Exchange
Commission v. Moller International, Inc., and Paul S. Moller,
Defendants from the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission website
Jeff Wise Paul Moller: Artful Dodger,
with Eyes on the Prize, Popular Science, January 1, 2005.
- ^ "'Flying saucer' nears US
News. 2007-08-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6970031.stm. Retrieved
Paul S. Moller Autovolantor –An Automobile
That Can Occasionally Operate Above Traffic, (presented at the
2008 SAE Wichita Aviation Technology Congress & Exhibition,
August 21, 2008), www.moller.com website. Retrieved
"Flying cars"; National Post,
April 9, 2009