Vahana’s self-flown maiden flight
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