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VoloConnect First Flight eVTOL Passenger Plane


VoloConnect first flightVolocopter’s VoloConnect Plane Completes First Flight

by DRONELIFE Workers Author Ian M Crosby

The UP.Summit noticed city air mobility (UAM) chief Volocopter announce that its VoloConnect fixed-winged passenger plane accomplished its first flight this previous Could, making Volocopter the world’s first and solely eVTOL (electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown plane) developer to have a full fleet of particular person plane configurations present process flight checks.

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With a variety of over 60 miles and in a position to attain speeds of over 155 mph, the VoloConnect travels additional and quicker than some other Volocopter plane. Its six rotors allow vertical takeoff, and its two electrical followers work in unison with its uplift-creating wings to permit for its excessive velocity. Whereas the VoloCity and VoloConnect (anticipated to launch in 2024 and 2026 respectively) meet wants for metropolitan and suburban flights, Volocopter goals to serve a variety of flight wants.

VoloConnect first flight

“Having an entire household of electrical plane within the take a look at flight part is a pioneering feat,” stated Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter. “Volocopter’s management within the trade stems from saying plans after which delivering on them visibly with public take a look at flights. Our know-how platform is the muse for our household of plane strategy and has confirmed to ship outcomes at an astounding velocity. Volocopter is bringing these progressive designs off the bottom, into the air, after which to cities worldwide!”

“That is a unprecedented second for us – seeing the VoloConnect soar to the sky marks the achievement of one in every of our key milestones and demonstrates simply what we’re able to in a short while and according to the corporate’s total technique for crewed and uncrewed plane,” stated VoloConnect Chief Engineer Sebastian Mores. “Moreover, new applied sciences shall be examined that can progressively be carried out throughout the total program improvement,” stated Mores.

Designed to fulfill EASA’s (European Aviation Security Company) aviation security requirements, the VoloConnect prototype completed its first flight in Could after 17 months within the making, the place it carried out a number of maneuvers for two minutes and 14 seconds. This present prototype mannequin already possesses the entire aerodynamics and efficiency options deliberate for the ultimate product. The VoloConnect prototype is presently present process an intensive testing part consisting of standardized low-speed, transition, high-speed, and engine failure testing for automated and later autonomous flights.

VoloConnect is about to considerably enhance Volocopter’s complete addressable UAM market, along with its earlier fashions, the VoloDrone and VoloCity. Going ahead, the corporate seeks to combine every of the three plane into individualized UAM ecosystems for cities, whereas additionally using the VoloIQ digital platform to attach all of Volocopter’s flight operations, passenger providers, upkeep, and extra for a flawless mobility expertise.

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he obtained a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in know-how, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.

 



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