on 8 June 2016., The A3 and Airbus employees sitting around the table left with a napkin on which was scribbled the beginning of an idea: a rough sketch of a futuristic aerial vehicle concept, Vahana, which would be a first step in making personal, urban flight a reality.
Since then, Vahana has evolved into a full-size electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) demonstrator vehicle.
Today, Vahana is one of two eVTOL demonstrator vehicles in the Airbus portfolio, alongside the multi-passenger CityAirbus. Both are laying the technical groundwork in our quest to unlock the skies for urban mobility.
As of Feb. 2019, the program had flown more than 50 hours with the first unmanned demonstrator, Alpha One, and rolled out the second, dubbed Alpha Two.
The vehicle uses eight 60 hp (45 kW) motors situated on forward and rear tilt-wings. Approximately one-third of its mass is its batteries (600 lb / 272 kg). Its sensor suite employs cameras as well as active Lidar and Radar. It has a crash rated seat and a ballistic parachute intended to work even at a low altitude.