Vahana
A³ by Airbus
San Jose, California, USA
www.vahana.aero

Established as one of the first initiatives at A³ by Airbus. Exploring self-piloted tilting distributed electric propulsion on Vahana. Single-seat 8-prop full-scale prototype began flight testing in January of 2018.

The prototype hovered at a height of 5 m for 53 seconds, and flew autonomously.

Vahana characteristics
Vahana dimensions
Vahana dimensions
Vahana sideview
A³ Vahana Characteristics (updated May 2018)

Alpha Beta
Passenger capacity 1 2
Fuselage length 18.75 ft 5.7 m 19.5 ft 5.86 m
Overall height 9.275 ft 2.81 m 9.275 ft 2.81 m
Wingspan 20.6 ft 6.25 m 20.6 ft 6.25 m
Tip-to-tip distance 18.75 ft 5.7 m 18.75 ft 5.7 m
Empty weight 1,050 lb 475 kg 1,050 lb 475 kg
Max gross takeoff wt 1,800 lb 815 kg 1,800 lb 815 kg
Useful load 200 lb 90 kg 450 lb 200 kg
Range, with reserves 30 mi 60 km 60 mi 100 km
Altitude 5,000 ft (at 95 °F) 1,524 m (at 35 °C) 10,000 ft (at 95 °F) 3,048 m (at 35 °C)
Cruise speed 110 kt 200 km/h 125 kt 230 km/h
Propulsors 8 propellers 8 propellers
Motor output 8 x 60 hp 8 x 45 kW 8 x 60 hp 8 x 45 kW
Power type electric/batteries electric/batteries
First Flight 2018 2018

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A3, Airbus, Vectored Thrust, 1 Passenger, 2 PassengersFlight Testing, Electric/BatteriesAutonomousVFS Member