Airbus successfully tested propulsion system for its flying taxi named “CityAirbus’ which is expected to commence the first flight in 2018.
Airbus Helicopters has successfully completed the first full-scale testing the propulsion system of the ‘CityAirbus’ demonstrator – a multi-passenger vehicle. The ‘CityAirbus’ is a self-piloted electric vehicle designed for urban air mobility.
CityAirbus is a battery-powered air vehicle able to vertically take off and land. It is designed to carry up to four passengers at a cruising speed of 120 km/h. Airbus said, “in the beginning, the test aircraft will be remotely piloted, later a test pilot will be on board”
“We now have a better understanding of the performance of CityAirbus’ innovative electric propulsion system, which we will continue to mature through rigorous testing while beginning the assembly of the full-scale CityAirbus flight demonstrator” says Marius Bebesel, CityAirbus chief engineer.