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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Passenger Drone launches state-of-the-art aerial vehicle

Source: Passenger Drone

Passenger Drone has announced that it is ready to launch the world’s most advanced autonomous aerial vehicle following successful manned test flights. Passenger Drone has spent three years developing a prototype for the personal and public market that it hopes will “change the traditional means of commuter transportation.” The aerial …

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Daimler helps fund autonomous flying taxi

Volocopter 2X

German firm Daimler invests US$29 million in self-flying taxi innovator Volocopter Volocopter – the German start-up behind the futuristic electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – has received a total of around US$30 million from investors including Daimler and technology investment firm Lukasz Gadowski. Funds will be used …

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