Malolo is an innovative water vehicle that uses a tuned flapping foil for propulsion.
Flapping foil propulsion, which we are calling the Lighthill Drive, has the potential to be more efficient than a propeller, and delivers a higher thrust coefficient over a greater range of speeds than a propeller can.
Higher thrust coefficient over a wider range of speeds
Quiet and covert
Less marine damage
The Malolo craft is designed as a proof point for flapping foil propulsion. There are numerous further applications for this technology, from small outboard motors, to efficient systems for moving fluid to marine propulsion.