Airbus’ CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL Prototype

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Airbus has unveiled its new all-electric, four-seat vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) prototype: the CityAirbus NextGen. Designed to provide efficient air transport services in urban and suburban environments, the aircraft boasts an 80-km operational range and a cruise speed of 120 km/h.

The concept of an urban air transport service has been in the works for years, with CityAirbus NextGen being the latest iteration of Airbus’ commitment to advancing urban air mobility services. The prototype is based on a lift and cruise concept that combines a fixed wing, a V-shaped tail, and an innovative distributed propulsion system comprising eight electric-powered propellers.

One of the most significant challenges of eVTOL aircraft is the noise level. However, CityAirbus NextGen was designed with quiet flights in mind, making it suitable for use in urban environments. The aircraft’s unique design and technology make it a safe and reliable air mobility service. It will meet the most stringent certification requirements (EASA SC-VTOL Enhanced Category) and will be equipped with an operational automated flight mode.

Airbus is partnering with Thales and Diehl to develop NextGen’s Flight Control Computers and with MagicAll for its electric motors. The company will also collaborate with Spirit AeroSystems on the prototype’s wings. With the support of its operator and airline partners, Airbus is confident that the aircraft will be ready to serve passengers, medical services or ecotourism missions.

CityAirbus NextGen is an exciting addition to Airbus’ portfolio of products, which includes the CityAirbus and Vahana eVTOL demonstrators. The lessons learned from these projects have been instrumental in creating the CityAirbus NextGen prototype. With Airbus’ extensive experience in certifying aircraft and its commitment to safety, CityAirbus NextGen could be the key to unlocking the potential of urban air mobility services.

What do you think of Airbus’ CityAirbus NextGen prototype? Do you believe that urban air mobility services are the future of transportation?


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