Uber and U.S. Army sign agreement for ongoing partnership around Elevate

Uber and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Research Lab (RDECOM ARL), announced on May 8 a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) establishing an ongoing plan to partner around developing and testing the vehicles used in Uber’s proposed urban aviation rideshare network.

As part of this agreement, Uber and RDECOM ARL also signed their first joint work...

Uber and E-One Moli Energy collaborate on battery packs for eVTOL

As part of its second annual Elevate Summit, Uber announced that it has entered a partnership with E-One Moli Energy (Moli). Uber Elevate’s battery team intends to purchase battery cells from Moli, which will be used in future propulsion battery pack prototypes for eVTOL developed by Uber’s vehicle partners.

Moli has been leading the way in energy research and development for over four...

Uber and NASA sign second Space Act Agreement

Uber has signed a second Space Act Agreement with NASA to explore concepts and technologies for urban air mobility (UAM). Under this agreement, Uber will share its unique UAM requirements based on their future operational concept for the world’s first urban aviation’s rideshare network, and NASA will use the latest airspace management modeling and simulation algorithms to assess the impacts...

Uber releases eVTOL concepts to advance technology’s safety and noise characteristics

Uber kicks off its second Elevate Summit by officially sharing the design specifications for its electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL) common reference model.

Uber’s eVTOL common reference models (eCRM) represent a new class of aircraft, that utilize distributed electric propulsion, which was spearheaded by 30-year NASA veteran, and now Uber’s...

Bell AirTaxi at Heli-Expo 2018 (Ian Frain photo)

eVTOL at Heli-Expo 2018

eVTOL at Heli-Expo 2018

Vertiflite, May/June 2018

For those who knew to look for it as something potentially revolutionary — rather than some crazy idea for a far-away future — electric VTOL almost broke into the mainstream this year.

On Monday, Feb. 26, the day before Heli-Expo began, AHS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg gave a press briefing, entitled, “The Future of Vertical Flight,”...

Meet Cora

Meet Cora

By Mike Hirschberg

Vertiflite May/June 2018

On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly eight years of secretive electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development, the Mountain View, California-based company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page finally went public.

With the hashtag #MeetCora, Kitty...

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AHS is the Vertical Flight Society

AHS is the Vertical Flight Society
By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director

From Vertiflite, May/June 2018

(A pdf of this article is also available.)

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AeroMobil 5.0 eVTOL Flying Car Planned

Bratislava, Slovakia-based AeroMobil s.r.o. was founded in 2010 to develop vehicles that can convert from street-legal automobiles to aircraft, though the AeroMobil design has been in development since 1990. The company flew its 3.0 short takeoff and landing (STOL) design in 2013 and announced its 4.0 production model in April 2017, capable of STOL operations from 650 ft (200 m) grass strips; the company is currently taking pre-orders for the vehicle.

On March 21, AeroMobil unveiled its...