Jaunt Air Mobility to explore hybrid-electric aircraft with VerdeGo Aero

Jaunt Air Mobility signed a memorandum of understanding with VerdeGo Aero to explore the development of hybrid-electric aircraft. Jaunt Air Mobility is developing an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft built around a large central rotor for hover and fully vertical flight, similar to a helicopter. The torque generated by the main rotor is countered not by a tail rotor, but by 4 small wing-mounted electric motors. These are also used for forward propulsion. The all-electric craft is said to be 100 times quieter than a helicopter and will fly 980lbs of payload (cargo or passengers) over a range of…

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Embraer launches Eve as an independent UAM company

Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has launched Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions to accelerate their activities in the Urban Air Mobility market. EmbraerX, the innovation subsidiary of the company, was already partnered with Uber and working on the design of an eVTOL vehicle. AndrĂ© Stein, former head of strategy for EmbraerX, will take on the role of CEO of Eve. Splitting off as a subsidiary allows Eve to have a startup mindset while still using Embraer’s extensive expertise. They are continuing with the eVTOL design that was incubated at EmbraerX. The aircraft flew in an engineering simulator in July 2020…

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Bell and NASA perform autonomous drone test flight in controlled airspace

Bell, the helicopter manufacturer that is part of Textron and has previously announced its engagement in the urban air mobility market, flew its APT 70 drone beyond visual line-of-sight in the Class B airspace around Forth Worth, TX. The Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 is a VTOL drone built for delivery in military and medical missions or commercial use. It can fly 35 miles (56km) at 110kts while carrying a payload of up to 70lbs (31kg). The demonstration flight was a joint effort with NASA, as part of its Systems Integration and Operationalization program, which looks at integration of unmanned…

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