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European aviation giant Airbus has revealed the next generation of CityAirbus plane!
Several companies are constantly developing eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft for air mobility services. Airbus, for example, has finally unveiled the next generation of CityAirbus planes, a new flying electric taxi designed specifically to fly quietly over urban areas. By 2025, this eVTOL might be zipping across cities.
Big Cities with crowded roads have already recognized the value of these vehicles.
The next generation of CityAirbus is the company’s zero-emission EV designed to fly over noise-sensitive urban places. Airbus’ vision for a flying taxi within the city includes this electric VTOL helicopter. That was revealed during the company’s first AirbusSummit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace,” which concentrates on ideas that improve the industry of Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
As part of its innovative distributed propulsion system, the body of the CityAirbus’ nextgen features eight electrically powered propellers, fixed wings & a V-shaped tail. According to Airbus, the CityAirbus really can carry at least 4 people (as a start, there’ll be one pilot and 3 passengers) on a zero-emissions flight in many applications, it can also be remotely-piloted, has a range of 80 kilometers (50 miles), and developed to reach a cruise speed of approximately 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph).
As a result, the next generation of CityAirbus is indeed ideal for functions within major cities for a number of tasks. Noise reduction is an important feature of the aircraft, which has sound levels that are less than 70 dBa while landing & also less than 65 dBa during flight.
- The zero-emissions helicopter can operate independently (autonomous flight);
- but the taxis will indeed be piloted at first!
“Airbus has learned a lot from its two demonstrators during their test campaigns“, Even said.
According to Airbus, the next generation of CityAirbus combines some of the key features of the previous successful Airbus concepts, the Vahana car & the first version of CityAirbus, such as forward flight and hovering. The demonstrators of CityAirbus & Vahana have flown about 1000 kilometers in total, and have jointly conducted 242 test flights and ground. That has helped Airbus in optimizing its new electric aircraft, which eliminates the need for tilting parts or moving surfaces during the transition, optimizing hover & cruise performance.
The next generation of CityAirbus is currently in the design stage of development, and the prototype’s first flight is expected in 2023. The manufacturer hopes to finish the device’s certification by 2025 so that it may get a commercial operating license.