Airbus is taking a growing interest in the eVTOL and wider urban air mobility (UAM) market. Its direct work in the area includes the development of the Vahana single-seat demonstrator, which took its final test flight at the Pendleton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) range in Oregon in the U.S. in November 2019. The OEM’s major focus is now the CityAirbus, a four-seat demonstrator that performed its first take-off in May 2019.
Joerg Mueller, head of UAM at Airbus, spoke to eVTOL.com about the company’s recent work in the domain and his thoughts on the broader potential of the market.
Now that Boom has designed the airframe for its flagship Overture aircraft—the Denver-based startup will unveil XB-1, a 1:3 scale model of Overture, in October, with test flights to follow next year—it’s seeking a partner to help make the propulsion system. With a portfolio of existing and developing carbon-neutral technologies, Rolls-Royce is uniquely positioned to step into the spotlight.
Could it adapt the “densest airplane battery ever” and an all-electric propulsion system for a supersonic jet?