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...
A Little CityAirbus Flies
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled more information about their CityAirbus quad duct electric VTOL. CityAirbus is a multi-passenger, self-piloted eVTOL demonstrator “designed for urban air mobility with cost efficiency, high-volume production and a low environmental footprint in mind.” A subscale model is flying at the company’s Donauwörth, Germany, facility.
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...