Germany

  • 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...

  • Volocopter VC200 in Dubai

    Dubai is Electric

    Germany’s Volocopter (previously known as “e-volo”) conducted the first public flight of its VC200 in Dubai on Sept. 25 (shown). Flight testing of the prototype for Volocopter’s 2X two-seat production vehicle will “be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service set to be introduced” by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, witnessed the maiden flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT)....

  • LiliumJet rendering

    Lilium Raises $90M

    In early September, Munich-based Lilium announced that it had raised $90M in a Series B funding round. Investors included Chinese tech giant Tencent; private banking and asset management firm LGT; U.K.-based venture capitalist firm Atomico (a Series A investor); and Obvious Ventures. The company flew the unmanned “Eagle” prototype of “the world’s first electric VTOL jet” in April. Lilium said it has raised more than $100M overall, and planned the first manned flight of its fully...