Volocopter introduces new VoloCity air taxi model
This will be the fourth-generation electrical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developed by the German urban air mobility manufacturer, and VoloCity has been designed to meet the safety standards specified by the European Aviation Safety Agency through its ‘SC-VTOL category enhanced’ that was introduced in July.
It incorporates user feedback as well as test data from all previous Volocopter generations, and has a calculated range of 35km and airspeed of 110 km/h.
Some 1,000 test flights of previous Volocopter generations have been carried out to date, and this data alongside the company’s market research has informed the design and technical specifications of the VoloCity.
The design includes 18 rotors, redundancy in all critical systems and a low noise signature, as well as: capacity to carry two people plus luggage; increased flight efficiency through aerodynamically shaped rotor beams; a newly-introduced stabiliser to create increased stability in flight and additional lift; and a design that will be able to be incorporated into the company’s VoloPort infrastructure concept.
‘The VoloCity is our most powerful Volocopter yet,’ Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, said.
‘It is rigorously designed to meet the demands of urban air mobility and incorporates all requirements of the SC-VTOL certification standard established by EASA in July 2019. It is a result of all insights we have gathered from our extensive testing programmes over the past years.’
The company is focusing on establishing the correct infrastructure and procedures for introducing this type of concept into routine operations, which includes building up the operational environment such as the physical take-off and landing infrastructure, and integration into air traffic management systems.
Volocopter is working with companies such as Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt International Airport, to optimise passenger and ground procedures and align regulations with the relevant authorities.
Until the commissioning of VoloCity, Volocopter will continue to test, improve, and demonstrate its urban air mobility concepts with the current 2X pre-series model.
A public test flight is scheduled for Q4 this year in Singapore, where Volocopter will also display the first VoloPort urban air mobility infrastructure prototype together with its partner Skyports.
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