Ascendance Flight Technologies
Ascendance Flight Technologies was co-founded in January 2018 by four (4) former members of the E-Fan team from Airbus, Jean-Christophe Lambert (CEO), Benoit Ferran (CTO), Thibault Baldivia (Head of Operations) and Clement Dinel (Head of Propulsion). The E-Fan was one of the world’s first electric aircraft program that achieved the historic first Channel crossing by an electric plane in July 2015. Ascendance is now working on opening the sky to the urban and suburban aerial mobility.
The idea to create the hybrid-electric VTOL airplane came from the founders realizing the importance of hybrid electric technologies when working at Airbus and how newer technologies would allow traveling to be safer, quieter and a better user experience.
The company’s Atea hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) air taxi will be an innovative, safe, low noise, clean, have low operational costs, a long range and will easily integrate into existing aviation infrastructure and regulations. Their goal is to have it flying by 2024-2025.
Atea has a total of three (3) lift fans powered by electric motors, a fan in each wing and a fan in the nose of the aircraft. There is a conventional propeller in the front of the plane powered by a turbine engine. The plane can take-off and land vertically or land like a conventional airplane, if needed. When the aircraft is flying, the turbine engine charges the batteries for vertical take-offs and landings. The Atea holds three (3) passengers and one (1) pilot, with an expected cruise speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) and a range of 150 km (93 miles).
The company’s first product will be a cutting-edge vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and will offer best in class safety and performances based on their unique and patented hybrid propulsion system. They plan to market the Atea as an air taxi, rescue vehicle and for cargo. The company’s sub-scale prototype first flight occurred in 2018. The company is in the process of designing a full-scale prototype.
The Atea aircraft will blend into existing infrastructures, with low noise signature and low operational costs to make urban air mobility a reality without having to revolutionize the urban landscape, says the company.
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- Video: Ascendance Flight Technologies is working on a flying taxi project, BFM Business, Mar. 9, 2019