Airbus’ electric flying taxi is on track to soar next year

October 9, 2017 by  
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Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle projects are really taking off, and Airbus is on track to start flying their VOTL, the CityAirbus, in 2018. The multi-passenger aerial taxi – that will be designed to one day operate autonomously – will be powered by electric motors. The CityAirbus could allow commuters to escape the traffic below in an affordable, environmentally friendly new mode of travel . Airbus announced they just finished their first full-scale testing for the CityAirbus’ propulsion system, describing the testing phase as successful. This means they’re on track for their first flight, scheduled for the end of next year. Related: Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular urban land and air transport system CityAirbus chief engineer Marius Bebesel said in a statement, “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.” The CityAirbus boasts what Airbus describes as a four-ducted propeller configuration, which boosts safety and helps yield a low acoustic footprint. 100 kilowatt electric Siemens motors and four batteries help the CityAirbus get from point A to point B. As many as four people will be able to ride in a CityAirbus, which will cruise at a speed of 120 kilometers per hour, or around 75 miles per hour, along fixed routes. In the beginning a pilot will fly the VTOL, but Airbus plans for the vehicle to one day pilot itself. Airbus said there are benefits to adding a third dimension of travel to urban transportation , such as opening up accessibility for underserved or remote areas of a city . Self-piloted vehicles in particular can operate around three times faster than a typical road vehicle, and are energy efficient , running off electricity. Airbus said their VTOL method of travel will be quick and affordable. Via Airbus Images via Airbus ( 1 , 2 )

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Could the Tesla electric jet be next for Elon Musk?

February 8, 2016 by  
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Once you’ve conquered cars and rockets and batteries , what’s next? Well, if you’re Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk , planes might be a logical choice. Recently, at the Hyperloop Pod design awards , Musk announced he is very interested in vertical take-off and landing technology (VTOL) and making electric jets. Read the rest of Could the Tesla electric jet be next for Elon Musk?

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Thailand’s Solar Monk founds solar-powered school that only costs $1 per month for electricity

February 8, 2016 by  
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EasyJet set to trial the first hybrid hydrogen plane

February 8, 2016 by  
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EasyJet recently announced plans to trial a new hybrid hydrogen plane. The aviation company claims that although their passengers’ carbon footprint is already 22 percent lower than those who travel on a traditional airline, the new plane, if successful, could drastically decrease fossil fuel consumption. Don’t get too excited though – the planes will still need to use jet fuel whilst in the air. Read the rest of EasyJet set to trial the first hybrid hydrogen plane

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