• Watch the Airbus Project Vahana prototype autonomous air taxi take flight

    4 monthes ago - By TechCrunch

    Airbus recently had the first ever successful flight of its Vahana autonomous air vehicle, and now it's released video of that pivotal moment in the aircraft's development. The flight took place at the end of January in Pendleton, Oregon, when the flying, passenger-capable drone took off and hovered off the ground about 16 feet in the air, all while piloting itself. The next step...
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  • Airbus' ‘flying taxi' isn't much to look at, but it's a major step toward electric flight

    Airbus' ‘flying taxi' isn't much to look at, but it's a major step toward electric flight

    4 monthes ago - By The Verge

    Last month, aerospace giant Airbus conducted the first successful test flight of its Vahana electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. At the time, Airbus only provided still photos to prove its claim of 53 seconds of hovering. But now we've got a video, and... yep, still just 53 seconds of hovering.
    At first glance, it's not much to look at: an egg-shaped cabin perched on landing skids with eight rotors and wings that tilt up or forward for vertical or horizontal flight. It's the kind of thing many people would dismiss as an up-jumped drone, or a very confused helicopter. But the...
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  • Watch Airbus' drone taxi take to the skies for the first time

    Watch Airbus' drone taxi take to the skies for the first time

    4 monthes ago - By Engadget

    Back in late January, Airbus' Vahana team successfully flew their autonomous air taxi for the first time. Now, you can finally watch how the drone stayed in the air on its own in the video below the fold. It shows the aircraft hovering around 16 feet...
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