Airbus Helicopters has commenced construction of a test centre for CityAirbus NextGen- with a ground-breaking ceremony that saw numerous politicians, business leaders and company representatives in attendance.
Occupying a surface area of 1,000 m2, the new structure will be used for testing systems for electric takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
We are investing in the future of electric flight because we believe this technology holds key potential for zero-emission flights. Urban Air Mobility will change the way we travel in cities and beyond and it will be a new pillar of business for Airbus. Donauwörth plays an important role in the development and construction of CityAirbus NextGensaid Wolfgang Schoder, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Germany
The hangar integrates high-voltage equipment and lithium batteries and is designed to undergo testing with the highest safety precautions. Reportedly, all tests needed before CityAirbus NextGen’s maiden flight can be carried out there.
Conceived as an idea for an efficient air transport service between strategic locations in urban and suburban environments, the CityAirbus NextGen is an all-electric, four-seat vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) prototype.
Based on a lift and cruise concept, it boasts an 80-km operational range and a cruise speed of 120 km/h – making it perfectly suited to zero-emission flight operations for a variety of applications in cities and communities.
Its unique configuration incorporates innovative design elements that make for a robust and seamless architecture:
- A fixed-wing
- A V-shaped tail
- Eight electric-powered propellers as part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system
Airbus has partnered with Thales and Diehl to develop CityAirbus NextGen’s flight control computers and with MagicAll for its electric motor.
With the ground-breaking ceremony for the Urban Air Mobility Test Centre at the Donauwörth site, Airbus Helicopters is laying an important foundation for the further progress of electrically powered aircraft. As the federal government, we welcome the efforts made by industry to develop new propulsion systems and aircraft that will enable climate-neutral aviation in the futuresaid Aerospace Coordinator Anna Christmann
Airbus is also working closely with industrial and institutional partners to lead the development of urban air mobility ecosystems, as recently announced with ITA Airways in Italy, or through the launch of the Air Mobility Initiative in Germany.