Va­hana’s self-flown maiden flight

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Va­hana, the all-elec­tric, ‘self-pi­loted’ VTOL craft built by A3, Air­bus’s Sil­i­con Val­ley­based in­no­va­tion sub­sidiary, suc­cess­fully com­pleted its first full-scale flight test on 31 Jan­u­ary. It reached a height of six­teen feet and was air­borne for 53 sec­onds at the Pendle­ton UAS Range in Ore­gon. It made a sec­ond flight the fol­low­ing day.

“To­day we are cel­e­brat­ing a great ac­com­plish­ment in aerospace in­no­va­tion,” said Zach Lover­ing, Va­hana Project Ex­ec­u­tive. “In just un­der two years, Va­hana took a con­cept sketch on a nap­kin and built a full-scale, self-pi­loted air­craft that has suc­cess­fully com­pleted its first flight. Va­hana aims to democra­tise per­sonal flight and an­swer the grow­ing need for ur­ban mo­bil­ity by lever­ag­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in elec­tric propul­sion, en­ergy stor­age, and ma­chine vi­sion.”

All-elec­tric Va­hana’s self-pi­loted VTOL: from con­cept to first flight in two years

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