Aircraft

Airbus’ electric Vahana completes first flight

Vahana's first flight.

Test flight of the autonomous aircraft lasted 53 seconds and reached 5m altitude Vahana, the all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) “air-taxi” from Airbus’ Silicon Valley innovation unit A³, has completed its first full-scale flight test. Held on January 31, 2018 at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon, the flight was fully …

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eVTOL pioneer Joby secures US$100m

Source: Joby Aviation

Electric aircraft start-up Joby has secured new funding from major investors including Tesla-backer Capricorn and Intel Capital to commercialise its 5-seater eVTOL vehicle Although electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are still a few years from mass production and commercial operation, they continue to excite investors. On February 1, …

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Airbus and Williams co-op on Zephyr UAV

Airbus Zephyr UAV

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus to work with EV and automotive engineer Williams on composites and battery technology for solar-powered Zephyr drone Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering are to co-operate on new technology for Airbus’ Zephyr drone programme. Williams, perhaps best known for its expertise and contribution to Formula One and other …

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