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Pipistrel Committed to Uber Despite Shifting Priorities
  • 12 Jun 2020 02:21 PM
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Pipistrel Committed to Uber Despite Shifting Priorities

Slovenian electric aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel announced plans in a May 13 newsletter to shift developmental focus from its Project-801 eVTOL — a candidate for the Uber Air mission — towards three of its other designs following “delays with the Uber flying taxi program by many international authorities.” However, on May 15 the company clarified that it was still committed to Uber Air, and that development of the 801 would continue in parallel albeit at a “slowed-down pace in favor of accelerating large cargo delivery UAVs.” Pipistrel is now focusing on a cargo aircraft similar in design to the 801 that will carry payloads of 600 lb (270 kg) a distance of 200 miles (320 km).

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