June 10, 2022, 16:36 | Auto
Develops speed in the air up to 250 km/h!
New electric "air taxi" from the manufacturer of flying devices Volocopter made its first successful test flight, informs Ukr.Media.
Their new aircraft, called VoloConnect, is designed to transport business travelers and passengers around urban and suburban areas at speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour. reached a speed of 65 km/h in forward air and 45 km/h in sideways flight.
VoloConnect is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle that also managed to perform a number of basic maneuvers.
The unusual vertical takeoff aircraft is still a prototype, but Volocopter confirmed that their aircraft has "all the planned aerodynamic and flight characteristics of a future commercial product".
VoloConnect is the company's third vehicle undergoing test flights — following VoloCity and VoloDrone — making Volocopter the only eVTOL developer in the world that already has a fleet of flying vehicles at this stage of testing.
The first unmanned test flight, which took place back in May, was announced at the UP.Summit transportation technology conference in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA.
Since then, additional flights have been conducted as part of the initial phase of prototype testing, designed to assess the aircraft's performance and limitations.
During the testing process, Volocopter engineers based in Bruchsal, Germany evaluate the aircraft's low and high speeds and its ability to transition from vertical to horizontal flight.
In addition, they are also scrutinizing its ability to compensate for engine failure during manned and later autonomous flights.
VoloConnect was designed to minimize the number of moving parts, with six rotors for vertical take-off and landing. the most common direct flight.
The developers claim that the device will ultimately have to develop a maximum speed of 250 km/h, and a cruising speed of 180 km/h, while flying at a distance of 100 km .
The device, capable of carrying four passengers, should be put into operation by 2026.
Sebastian Mores(Sebastian Mores), chief engineer of VoloConnect in Munich, noted:
"For us this is an exceptional moment. VoloConnect taking to the skies marks the achievement of one of our key milestones and demonstrates what we are capable of in a short amount of time and in line with the company's overall manned and unmanned aircraft strategy."
In addition, new technologies will be tested and will be phased in throughout the overall development of the program.
To date, VoloConnect offers longer and faster trips than any other Volocopter aircraft, including their shorter-haul eVTOL called VoloCity.
VoloCity is designed for small city trips, unlike VoloConnect, which is designed for suburban connecting flights for business travelers and commuters.
It has already completed several test flights with a crew and can reach a top speed of 110 km/h and a range of 35 km, making it well suited for short city flights.
VoloCity is capable of carrying two people and can be controlled autonomously, remotely or by an on-board pilot.
The company Volocopter intends to fully integrate both aircraft, as well as its unmanned aerial vehicle VoloDrone, which can carry up to 200 kg, into the urban infrastructure and use VoloIQ software to unify all their operations and maintenance.
`Having an entire family of electric aircraft in the flight test phase is a groundbreaking feat,' said Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter (Florian Reuter) >"Our technological platform is there is the foundation of our family of aircraft and has proven to deliver results with impressive speed."
"Volocopter is taking these innovations from the ground to the air and then to cities around the world!& #34;