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Hyundai to Develop Air Taxi Service

  • 02 Jan 2020 07:03 PM
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Chung Euisun, executive vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Group, revealed that the automaker planned to develop an air taxi service. According to the Pulse, Chung said: “Our plan is to introduce UAM vehicles in 2023 and to provide its commercial service in 2029 after ironing out regulation issues.”

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EHang Goes Public

EHang Goes Public

  • 02 Jan 2020 07:01 PM
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On Oct. 30, drone manufacturer and eVTOL developer EHang filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its $100M initial public offering (IPO) on the US Nasdaq stock exchange. The paperwork for the Guangzhou-based company noted that it had delivered 38 “passenger-grade” autonomous aerial vehicle (AAVs) to customers “for testing, training, and demonstration purposes and developed two command-and-control centers for smart city management.”

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NTSB Reports on Aurora PAV Crash

  • 02 Jan 2020 12:52 PM
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In October, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) updated its Aviation Accident Preliminary Report on the June 4 crash of the Aurora Flight Sciences “Pegasus” Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) demonstrator. The unmanned aircraft (N83AU), sized for two seats, was destroyed on its fifth flight.

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Cora + Boeing = Wisk

Cora + Boeing = Wisk

  • 01 Jan 2020 09:19 AM
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On Dec. 1, the vertical flight community learned that the Cora two-seat, lift-plus-cruise electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) program was moving to a joint venture established by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation called Wisk Aero.

This is quite the remarkable accomplishment for the Silicon Valley technology company, considering that most in the aerospace community didn’t know that this stealth eVTOL program existed less than two years ago.

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The eVTOL View from Europe

The eVTOL View from Europe

  • 01 Jan 2020 09:10 AM
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European views on how soon and how best electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft might create new transportation markets differ — in some cases strongly — with the vision being pushed by urban air mobility (UAM) promoters, such as Uber. At its Uber Elevate Summit in Washington in June, the ride-hailing company promised it was on track to launch air taxi demonstration flights with its partners in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2020 and to begin actual commercial service in 2023.

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March of the Interns

March of the Interns

  • 01 Jan 2020 08:50 AM
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Summer 2019 brought 70 interns — from Puerto Rico, 44 continental US states, Sweden, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago — into the NASA Ames Aeromechanics Branch. Some were high school students learning engineering for the first time, while most were mechanical and aerospace engineering students, though two physics majors and a math major jumped into the mix to provide balance.

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Joby Joins Uber Elevate

Joby Joins Uber Elevate

  • 23 Dec 2019 09:50 PM
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On Dec. 20, Uber announced that the company had signed a multi-year commercial partnership with Joby Aviation to launch a fast, reliable, clean and affordable urban air taxi service in select markets. Joby will supply and operate the electric air taxis, and Uber will provide airspace support services, skyport infrastructure, connections to ground transportation and customer interfaces through its aerial rideshare network.

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Uber and Joby Aviation announce aerial ridesharing partnership

Uber and Joby Aviation announce aerial ridesharing partnership

  • 20 Dec 2019 02:57 PM
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Joby Aviation and Uber have signed a multi-year commercial partnership to launch a fast, reliable, clean and affordable urban air taxi service in select markets. Joby Aviation will supply and operate the electric air taxis, and Uber will provide airspace support services, skyport infrastructure, connections to ground transportation, and customer interfaces through an aerial rideshare network.

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Washington Report, Jan-Feb 2020

Washington Report, Jan-Feb 2020

  • 15 Dec 2019 07:24 AM
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On Nov. 13, VFS was a signatory of a letter sent to the Trump Administration in support of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) research and development. The letter was written in response to the Aug. 30, 2019, White House Policy Memorandum, “Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities,” which included eVTOL. 

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VFS Propulsion & Power Presentations Posted

VFS Propulsion & Power Presentations Posted

  • 25 Nov 2019 03:36 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society held its quadrennial Propulsion and Power Technical Meeting at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia, on Oct. 29-30, 2019. The theme of the two-day conference was “Powering the Future of Vertical Flight,” which highlighted research and development efforts — both current and planned — related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft and other vertical flight vehicles.

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