Airbus

  • Quarter-Scale Pop.Up Demo

    Airbus, Audi and Italdesign brought a quarter-scale radio-control model of the multi-modal Pop. Up Next mobility system to the Amsterdam Drone Week conference in late November. The Pop.Up Next system uses an unmanned VTOL flight module to transport a passenger-carrying pod by air; the pod can also be transported by ground in an autonomous four-wheeled electric-powered chassis.

  • A³ Vahana eVTOL Tiltwing

    A³ Vahana eVTOL Tiltwing

    Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    Vahana, the all-electric VTOL aircraft from A³ by Airbus, made its first full-scale flight on Jan. 31, 2018, at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon. The first untethered flight of the unmanned, fully self-piloted electric...

  • Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

    Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

    In mid-December, Airbus Helicopters began testing the “iron bird” for its four-passenger CityAirbus quad-duct eVTOL in Taufkirchen, Germany. The test bench operates the entire electric propulsion system, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit, from flight controls to the dynamic loads of the propellers, verifying the electrical, mechanical and thermal dynamics. The test bench configuration reflects the CityAirbus...

  • Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

    Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

    By AHS Staff

    Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2018

    Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

    In early November, A³ by Airbus — the Silicon Valley outpost of the Airbus Group — announced that it had moved its single-seat Vahana eVTOL demonstrator from “The Nest” in Santa Clara, California (shown above), to Pendleton,...

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    CityAirbus Starts Spinning

    Airbus Helicopters announced that its four-seat, quad-ducted propeller eVTOL, the CityAirbus, was getting close to its maiden flight planned for late 2018. The company completed the first full-scale propulsion system testing for its CityAirbus demonstrator. During this successful testing, the team thoroughly checked the individual performance of one of the ducted lift units. The company’s next step will be tests of the fully integrated drivetrain — with eight propellers and eight...

  • Lilium Jet Hover (close up)

    Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

    Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a car — It’s a plane — No, it’s my UberAir!

    Vertiflite, Jul-Aug 2017

    To those immersed in the world of traditional helicopters, it may take a little time to...

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    CityAirbus
    Airbus Helicopters
    Marignane, France
    www.airbushelicopters.com

    CityAirbus demonstrator is a multi-passenger, autonomously piloted electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility.

    Eight pitch rotors are powered by eight specially designed Siemens SP200D direct-drive 100 kW units relying on  four 140 kW batteries. The CityAirbus will carry up to four passengers with a cruise speed of 120 km/h. The model currently will...

  • Airbus Pop.Up multi-modal vehicle

    Airbus Decides to Pop Up

    Airbus XO, the company’s innovation group, revealed a concept for “seamless, multi-modal, fully electric urban mobility.” The modular Pop.Up concept features a capsule that connects to either a ground or air module. Airbus envisions the system relying on an artificial intelligence system where the “passengers plan their journey and book their trip via an easy-to-use app. The system automatically suggests the best transport solution … joining either the air or ground module or other...

  • Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017

    In this continuation from last issue’s article, “The Demand for On-Demand Mobility,” Vertiflite reports on companies pursuing visions aligned with Uber’s Elevate White Paper.

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