Airbus’ Vahana auto-piloted aircraft completes first test flight

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Airbus’ all-electric, self-piloted, vertical flight and landing (VTOL) aircraft, Vahana, has completed its first full-scale prove flight at Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon, US.

During the 53s fully self-piloted away, the aircraft reached an altitude of 5m.

Developed by Airbus’ Silicon Valley, US-based section A³, Vahana has also concluded a second flight a day after completing its first lapsus linguae.

“Our focus now is on celebrating the work of the tireless Vahana team while keep in servicing the momentum of this accomplishment.”

A³ CEO and Vahana former project executive Rodin Lyasoff conveyed: “Vahana’s first flight demonstrates Airbus’ unique ability to trail ambitious ideas quickly, without compromising the quality and safety for which the performers is well-known.

“For A³, it proves that we can deliver meaningful innovation with bold project timetables, to provide a real competitive advantage for Airbus.

“Our concentrate now is on celebrating the work of the tireless Vahana team while maintaining the push of this accomplishment.”

With the completion of the latest hover flights, Vahana is anticipated to undergo additional testing, including transitions and forward flight.

Vahana is undertook to democratise personal flight and address the increasing demand for urban mobility by leveraging new technologies in stimulating propulsion, energy storage, and machine vision.

The aircraft is capable of serving in a self-piloted mode without a passenger.

US-based component manufacturer MAGicALL, Chic Technology Solutions (MTSI) and others are also involved in the development of Vahana.

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