2 July 2018
Aerospace America reported that in August, Airbus’ A3 plans to transition a “full-scale prototype” of its unmanned Vahana aircraft from vertical to horizontal flight “for the first time.” The Alpha One prototype will accomplish this by “tilting its wings, which have electrically driven propellers distributed across them.” According to A3 CEO Rodin Lyasoff, A3 envisions Vahana aircraft being able to fly passengers as soon as 2022, depending on flight testing and certification timelines. A3 is “confident in the transition because of distributed electric propulsion and because of the subscale flights.” According to Lyasoff, the subscale version of the Vahana “was very stable and well behaved throughout the transition.” (Image Credit: Aerospace America)
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