Prototype flying taxi being developedAirbus, tested at the beginning of this month, but the report on the flight of an unmanned prototype consisted only of a meager press release, equipped with several photos. The video recording of the flight then for some reason, the developers did not lay out. But the other day, the company rectified the situation by uploading video footage taken during the test flight on Youtube.
The video clearly demonstrates how Alpha Onemakes a vertical takeoff, then moves through the air and, finally, makes a vertical landing, which took place without any operator intervention - the unmanned aerial vehicle will be able to cope with the tasks on its own and in the future.
The test flight lasted about a minute and took place on4.9 meters above the ground. Alpha One flew without passengers on board, as during test flights there is always the risk of an emergency situation.
The developers of the Vahana project who created thisflying prototype, initially set a goal to create an unmanned aerial transport with electric drives capable of transporting one passenger independently, taking off and landing vertically. It was previously stated that the aircraft will be able to lift up to 745 kilograms of cargo. Work on the creation of a drone conducted since the spring of 2016. Commercial sales of Alpha One at Airbus are scheduled to begin in 2020.
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