Volocopter air taxi flies over Singapore’s Marina Bay

VTOL Volocopter

Singapore, 22 October 2019 – Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), successfully completed its first manned flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay today. This was the last trial of a demanding test series to verify and validate the ability of Volocopter air taxis to fly over the area. Government authorities including the Ministry of Transport (MOT), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), and the Economic Development Board (EDB) supported Volocopter in this testing phase and will continue to do so in the future. This flight kicks-off Volocopter’s efforts to bring commercial air taxi services to Singapore.

“A 2X model of the company’s test series flown by a pilot onboard was used. The flight covered a distance of approximately 1.5 km and lasted for two minutes at an average cruising height of 40 m. 

“The flight today in Singapore was the most advanced Volocopter flight yet and the piloted flight was as stable as ever. At the same time, we are showcasing a prototype of our full-scale VoloPort Infrastructure, allowing for a realistic demonstration of air taxi boarding and maintenance services. Never before have people been this close to experiencing what Urban Air Mobility in the city of tomorrow will feel like,” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.

Leading up to the flight, the aircraft had undergone intensive testing in Germany for several months. Following which, a rigorous flight test program to verify the Volocopter 2X aircraft performance under local environment was conducted at Seletar Airport in accordance with CAAS.

“Since late 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has been working with Volocopter to facilitate this flight in Singapore. The Volocopter team went through a series of stringent evaluations to ensure that all the necessary safety requirements were met before the flight was allowed to take place. By working closely with companies such as Volocopter, we hope to facilitate innovations for beneficial uses whilst ensuring aviation and public safety,” said Mr. Ho Yuen Sang, Director (Aviation Industry) from CAAS.

“Volocopter’s decision to testbed its innovative air taxi in Singapore is testament to the opportunities and environment that Singapore provides. The Singapore Economic Development Board hopes to be an enabling partner for companies developing new mobility technologies such as autonomous vehicles and urban aerial mobility. We are happy to support Volocopter in their development plans and hope that this is a first step towards the creation of more exciting business and job opportunities in Singapore,” said Mr. Tan Kong Hwee, Assistant Managing Director, EDB.

At the ITSWC, Volocopter and their partner Skyports built the first VoloPort prototype on the floating dock in Marina Bay. VoloPorts are the only physical infrastructure required for air taxis and they are one important step to commencing operations in cities. They are designed to provide passengers with a seamless air taxi experience that is safe, secure, and integrated into existing infrastructure.

Volocopter opened an office in Singapore in January 2019 and has started to build up a local team to support South East Asia expansion plans. The company has recently presented their VoloCity – the next generation eVTOL air taxi which is designed to comply with EASA requirements. With their recently announced Series C funding round the company will bring the VoloCity to commercial certification.

About Volocopter GmbH:

Volocopter is building the world’s first sustainable and scalable urban air mobility business to bring affordable air taxi services to megacities worldwide. With the VoloCity, the company is developing the first fully electric “eVTOL” aircraft in certification to safely and quietly transport passengers within cities. Volocopter leads and cooperates with partners in infrastructure, operations, and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to ‘Bring Urban Air Mobility to Life’.

In 2011, Volocopter performed the first-ever manned flight of a purely electric multicopter and has since showcased numerous public flights with its full-scale aircraft. The most notable have been the flight at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas and the world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight in Dubai 2017.

Founded in 2011 by Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel, Volocopter has 150 employees in offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore. The company is managed by CEO Florian Reuter, CTO Jan-Hendrik Boelens, and CFO Rene Griemens, and has raised a total of 85 million euro in equity. Volocopters‘s investors include Daimler, Geely, Intel Capital, BtoV, and Manta Ray Ventures. Find out more at: www.volocopter.com

Source: Volocopter

Electric VTOL Aircraft

AirSpaceX Reveals Electric VTOL Aircraft at North American International Auto Show in Detroit


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Detroit Aircraft Corp.


DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NAIAS 2018 – Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC (AirSpaceX), a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp. (DAC), today revealed a sub-scale model of its autonomous, electric VTOL aircraft, “MOBi-ONE,” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.  MOBi-ONE is designed to autonomously takeoff like a helicopter, fly like a plane, and transport passengers or cargo between urban centers, suburbs, and airports within 60 miles. MOBi-ONE will fly at a top speed of 250 MPH leveraging existing Electric Vehicle (EV) architecture and autonomous technologies.

Recent advances in electric propulsion, automation, and lightweight materials now make the development of this new class of aircraft possible. “MOBi-ONE will offer clean, quiet, and connected on-demand air mobility to the mass traveling public at an affordable price,” says Jon Rimanelli, founder and CEO of Detroit Aircraft and AirSpaceX. “Our vision is to mass produce aircraft leveraging lean automotive design and mass production techniques so our vehicles are affordable to the mass traveling public.”

“Our goal is to deploy 2,500 aircraft at the nation’s 50 largest cities by 2026, targeting existing infrastructure at first,” says JP Yorro, Chief Commercial Officer at AirSpaceX.  “The MOBi development program will be capital intensive, but air Mobility as a Service could generate billions for the economy.  We are considering a broad array of financing options, including potential fractional ownership interest and profit sharing models.*

Last year, U.S. drivers wasted an aggregate $300 billion in fuel and productivity sitting in traffic jams, yielding 38 billion pounds of carbon emissions. Not only is traffic taking over our lives, it is harming our environment. “There is an urgent need for innovation in urban mobility, and I believe on-demand air mobility will go a long way toward reducing pressure on roads while improving the quality of life for commuters on the ground,” says Rimanelli.

MOBi-ONE was designed and built by Detroit Aircraft Corp. at Detroit City Airport.  AirSpaceX teamed with Camilo Pardo, renowned as the chief designer of the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT, in MOBi-ONE’s design.  Pardo and Rimanelli began working together in 2011, prototyping and developing several VTOL concepts over the years. “The evolution of these prototypes culminated in an iconic design with the MOBi-ONE.  We wanted to create an aircraft with a unique appearance that stands alone and also reflects its function,” explained Pardo.

Upon completion of engineering packages, a full-scale aircraft will be manufactured, undergo Part 27 Certification, and be operated by AirSpaceX. The sub-scale MOBi-ONE was taken from clean sheet design, fabrication and assembly in 4 weeks for display from January 14-21 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit in the AutoMobili-D Technology Showcase.

About Detroit Aircraft Corp. (DAC): Founded in 2011 to design pilot-optional aircraft systems for military and commercial applications, DAC has designed and licensed a series of multi-rotor aircraft for commercial data collection and package delivery. DAC provided contract manufacturing, testing, marketing, sales, training, and MRO for a leading U.S. Defense Contractor, and has built more than 70 small electric VTOL aircraft since 2013. In 2015, DAC identified an automotive EV architecture making large-scale multi-rotor aircraft feasible for cargo and passenger transportation.  AirSpaceX, a subsidiary of DAC, was founded to fund manufacturing and certification of MOBi-ONE.

Visit AirSpaceX to stay informed about the future of on-demand air mobility.

Contact: JP Yorro – Chief Commercial Officer, AirSpaceX, jp@airspacex.com

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SOURCE: Detroit Aircraft Corp.

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