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Alongside the Vahana and Pop.Up Next, Airbus is also taking on the endeavor of building the CityAirbus, an unmanned air taxi currently being prototyped in Donauworth, Germany. Since 2016, Airbus has been testing components and systems of the CityAirbus in order to validate its design and eventually fly a full-scale model. Airbus describes their vehicle as “a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric...

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25 June 2018 || < 1 min read

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The Airbus Vahana prototype has achieved flight with its wings fully transitioned to horizontal cruise mode. Earlier this year, the Airbus Vahana test aircraft successfully completed a test flight in which the aircraft’s wings rotated partially into horizontal cruise stage, reaching speeds of about 57mph. In the latest test (Vahana’s 66th), the tilt-wing rotates into “full cruise configuration”, allowing the aircraft...

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Daher, Airbus, and Safran announced a collaborative partnership at the Paris Air Show to design and develop EcoPulse, a wing-mounted distributed hybrid-propulsion demonstrator based on Daher’s TBM platform. The partnership will leverage each of the companies’ strengths to develop the hybrid-propulsion demonstrator, which is slated for a first test flight in 2022. Safran will use its technology as a world-class...

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Uber Elevate has officially announced Melbourne, Australia as its international pilot city for Uber Air. This marks Uber’s first international pilot city, and its third city overall. In 2018, Uber Elevate announced that it would launch its pilot program in a third, international city as well as in Dallas and Los Angeles in the U.S. At the time, it gave...

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Uber Air in Melbourne

Airbus A^3, the Silicon Valley-based division of the Airbus, has long been working on developing its eVTOL concept to improve air mobility for passengers in urban areas. Recently, they publicized reaching the 50 flight test milestone for their first full scale demonstrator, the Vahana Alpha One. Just earlier this week, Airbus AA3 released many more photos of its second demonstrator —...

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Vahana Alpha Two

The Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau has decided to incorporate helicopters into its city’s public transport system, making it the first city in China to do so. Partnering with Airbus, the city plans to open helicopter services up for their residents by the end of 2019. Airbus, having earlier partnered with BLADE to provide the helicopters for BLADE’s helicopter service in...

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At the Tech for Good Summit in Paris, Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, and Catherine Guillouard, CEO of RATP Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a joint study on the viability of incorporating Urban Air Mobility into our daily lives. The study will examine the feasibility of UAM through the lens of Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, which is the...

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Airbus’ Future Plans for Urban Air Mobility

10 April 2019 || 4 min read

Airbus, one of the leaders in the aviation industry, recently outlined their intentions for the UAM industry at the SciTech Forum of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in San Diego. Head of UAM at Airbus, Eduardo Domínguez-Puerta, began by outlining the numerous reasons for UAM to expand. First, Domínguez-Puerta emphasized the importance of the value chain — Urban...

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Watch Airbus Vahana’s 50th Test Flight

28 February 2019 || 3 min read

In Vahana’s latest test flight, the vehicle exhibits the capabilities of its tilting wing, transitioning from vertical take-off to horizontal flight. The above video comes from Zach Lovering, project executive for Vahana at A³. The Vahana takes off vertically, tilts its wings for transition into horizontal flight, stops, turns around, and lands. The aircraft flies for 7 minutes at speeds up to 57mph,...

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Airbus Surveys Public Sentiment of UAM

17 February 2019 || 3 min read

The results are in and Airbus claimed that, overall, 44.5% percent of people’s initial reaction to Urban Air Mobility initiatives is positive. The goal of this survey was to obtain an understanding of the public’s general opinion, concerns, and attitudes toward this new and growing segment of the aerospace market. To conduct this study, Airbus questioned residents in Mexico City,...

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The Airbus Altiscope Blueprint

14 February 2019 || 3 min read

Airbus has created the blueprint for Airbus Altiscope, and airspace management system that envisions the future of urban airspace. Airbus Altiscope envisions that future airspace will include vehicles of all kinds ranging from delivery drones to air taxis. Primarily, it understands that much of airspace management will be automated, with humans only acting as oversight managers. In Airbus’s view, this change will...

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Airbus has recently signed on as a partner to Air Race E, which will host the world’s first electric air race series in 2020. Air Race E was created under Air Race Events, the same company that created the Air Race 1 series that many know as formula one air racing. In this sport, eight participant airplanes race around a 5km...

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At the Drone Week conference in Amsterdam, Audi and Airbus jointly showed off a one-fourth scale working model of the Pop.Up concept, which Airbus debuted in May of 2017. The Pop.Up is a three-part modular vehicle consisting of a passenger pod, a four-wheeled ground adaptation designed by Audi, and a a quad-copter attachment for urban flight. The Pop.Up model featured...

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Pop.Up concept model by airbus and Audi

The Lilium air taxi is getting closer to market. It recently hired Mirko Reuter, former head of Automated Driving at Audi, Jakob Waeschenbach, former head of Equipment Installation at Airbus, and Rochus Moenter, former Vice President of Finance and Leasing at Airbus. Lilium is a German company based out of Munich. Its air taxi design is one of the sleekest on the market, and...

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Lilium Air Taxi hires from Audi and Airbus