Strong, lightweight composite materials are ideal for eVTOL aircraft. But the industry will need to develop new approaches to manufacturing at high volumes.
The U.S. Air Force aims to help accelerate development of the eVTOL industry through a solicitation set for release on Feb. 25.
In addition to its eVTOL work, Bell is developing an electrically distributed anti-torque (EDAT) system to replace conventional helicopter tail rotors.
The global logistics provider DB Schenker is investing in Volocopter with an eye towards future use of its eVTOL cargo drone, the “VoloDrone.”
Aircraft crashworthiness will be one element of assuring the overall safety of urban air mobility, and must be designed into eVTOLs from an early stage.
Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 cargo drone has completed its first beyond visual line of sight flight at the Choctaw Nation test site in Oklahoma.
Volocopter and the “super app” company Grab will work together to study the feasibility of urban air mobility in Southeast Asia.
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