Airbus SE’s (Airbus’) “CityAirbus” electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle successfully completed its first flight. The brief tethered flight occurred at Airbus’ flight test facility in Donauwörth, Germany on May.
The CityAirbus, designed for point-to-point transportation, uses four ducted fans to generate lift and transport up to four passengers. According to Airbus, the CityAirbus UAM vehicle – or “air taxi” – will initially be operated by a pilot for certification and market entry purposes; however, the aircraft is designed for fully autonomous flight once regulations are established.
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