Cityair­bus propul­sion sys­tem tested

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Air­bus He­li­copters has com­pleted ini­tial full-scale test­ing for the propul­sion sys­tem for its Cityair­bus demon­stra­tor, a self-pi­loted elec­tric VTOL craft de­signed for ‘ur­ban air mo­bil­ity’. Air­bus says the bat­tery-pow­ered Cityair­bus ‘is de­signed to carry up to four pas­sen­gers on fixed routes over con­gested megac­i­ties to im­por­tant des­ti­na­tions such as air­ports or rail­way sta­tions in a fast, af­ford­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way.’

“We now have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the per­for­mance of Cityair­bus’ in­no­va­tive elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem, which we will con­tinue to ma­ture through rig­or­ous test­ing while be­gin­ning the as­sem­bly of the full-scale Cityair­bus flight demon­stra­tor,” says Mar­ius Bebe­sel, Cityair­bus Chief En­gi­neer.

The full-scale demon­stra­tor will be tested on the ground ini­tially. In the first half of 2018 the de­vel­op­ment team ex­pects to reach the ‘power on’ mile­stone when all four mo­tors, their ducted pro­pel­lers, which will sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to safety and low acous­tic foot­print Bebe­sel says, and all elec­tri­cal sys­tems, will be switched on for the first time. First flight is sched­uled for the end of next year, ini­tially re­motely pi­loted, but later a test pi­lot will aboard.

Cityair­bus, which will cruise at 120km/h, will ini­tially flown by a pi­lot to ease cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and pub­lic ac­cep­tance, paving the way to fu­ture fully-au­ton­o­mous op­er­a­tions, Air­bus He­li­copters says.

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