Advancing eVTOL with additive
Ed Hill talks to Erik de Seeuw, market manager manufacturing at additive manufacturing experts Materialise and Balazs Kerulo, chief engineer at LIFT Aircraft, about the development of the HEXA eVTOL, a single-seat, semi-autonomous personal aerial vehicle.
Why we need advances in avionics for eVTOLs
Aerospace Testing International
Aviation is one of the most innovative industries in the world. It is underpinned by some of the world's brightest minds, captivating startups, and multi-billion dollar organizations that invest colossal sums in highly advanced R&D programs it is a sector that continues to evolve and progress at supersonic speed, with a track record of achieving the impossible.
St. Louis company introduces powerful drone tech in a small package
Our goal at Flyover Future is to highlight the innovation and entrepreneurship going on in the heartland of the U.S. This week, we touch down in St. Louis, a city becoming known for its work in geospatial intelligence, to speak with the co-founders of WingXpand, an aerospace startup that manufactures aviation and aerospace components. James Barbieri is co-founder and CEO of WingXpand and Michelle Madaras is its co-founder and chief customer officer. We spoke to them from Los Angeles where they are participating in the TechStars program.
TOPODRONE advances airborne bathymetric surveying with AQUAMAPPER launch at INTERGEO 2022
TOPODRONE, a Swiss based designer and manufacturer of high-precision LiDAR equipment for installation on drones, vehicles and backpacks, launches AQUAMAPPER, a UAV-based solution for bathymetric surveying and marine construction. The new multitasking data collecting device and TOPODRONE LiDAR ULTRA equipment have been successfully used together for airborne surveying at a highway construction project in Romania, EU to deliver a full digital twin of a studied area.
ANRA SIAOP Combines the Best of Counter Drone Technologies and UTM
Counter drone systems (cUAS) are designed to detect, identify and mitigate unauthorized drones. Unmanned traffic management (UTM) solutions are a framework of regulations and technology products that work to provide a system providing stakeholders with a view of airspace traffic that allows commercial operators to avoid collisions and cooperate in shared airspace.
Ohio breaks ground on National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
The NAAMCE will feature a two-story, 30,000ft2 office building to house administrative, laboratory, meeting, and collaboration space, with 25,000ft2 of aircraft hangar space available for use by the U.S. Air Force and private industry. The center will support the expanding work of manufacturers and operators of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for advanced air mobility (AAM).
Governors Stitt, Hutchinson Partner to Create Super Region for Advanced Mobility in the Heartland
Governors Kevin Stitt and Asa Hutchinson joined together to position the Oklahoma-Arkansas region as a national hub for advanced mobility (AM) with the support of partners Tulsa Innovation Labs and Runway Group. The collaborative effort to support the growth of the AM industry, including drones, electric and autonomous vehicles, battery manufacturing, and transportation and logistics solutions, will create new research and testing space, support local AM startups, attract new companies, and convene industry corporations to test and scale new technologies.
Edge Autonomy acquires Adaptive Energy, a leader in solid oxide fuel technology
Edge Autonomy, a leader in unmanned and autonomous technology, announced today that it has acquired Adaptive Energy (or "the Company"), a globally recognized designer and manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for backup, off grid and UAV power. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Making Metal Parts: Not for Dummies
Let's pretend you know nothing about additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly referred to as 3D printing. Given that this industry-changing technology has been with us for more than three decades, that assumption is highly unlikely but is nonetheless the premise behind this "dummies" style article. If you're already an expert on the topic, feel free to go do something more interesting, like 3D printing some cool parts or binge-watching the latest Netflix series.
Perspectives on eVTOL Certification from Honeywell, Jaunt, Archer, Joby
Manufacturers of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to establish a path to certification and make progress towards achieving certification for these new types of vehicles.
FAA Issues New Guidance on eVTOL Certification
As eVTOL creators across the country continue flight tests, certification remains a question at large for stakeholders in the industry. This week, the FAA released new guidance on eVTOL certification within existing regulatory framework. Under Part 23 certification (the standard for most general and business aviation air transport vehicles under 9 passengers), eVTOL will be categorized as powered-lift aircraft.
$2.1 million MMI grant win to manufacture ViDAR pods
Melbourne Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist Sentient Vision Systems has won a $2.1 million Australian government grant to establish a sovereign in-house manufacturing facility for its world-leading ViDAR search and surveillance pods.
Sky’s No Limit for Advanced Air Mobility
As major automotive companies power up to meet future demand for electric vehicles, others look to the skies for new opportunities
3D-Printed Antenna Demonstrated on E400 Drone
Earlier this year, Event 38 Unmanned Systems successfully flew a drone fitted with a 3D-printed antenna at Kent State University. The project, backed by the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN), was a collaboration between Event 38, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), who led the project.
L&T Technology Services awarded $100 million+ electric air mobility program from Jaunt Air Mobility
L&T Technology Services Limited (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS), a global leading pure-play engineering services company, has garnered a multi-year $100 million+ electric air mobility deal from Jaunt Air Mobility (Jaunt). As part of the contract, LTTS will open an Engineering and R&D Centre in Québec Province for the next-gen electric aircraft manufacturer to provide engineering services for the Jaunt Journey eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) air taxi.
FAA Awards $4.4Mil in Drone Research Grants to Seven Universities
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. Research will focus on three areas: electromagnetic compatibility, detect and avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight.
Archer and Hexcel Partner: Ramping Up eVTOL Manufacturing
Archer Aviation Inc. announced that it has entered into a joint letter of intent with lightweight composite technology leader Hexcel. The letter details a proposed relationship between the two companies that would see Hexcel supply Archer with carbon fiber and resin systems known as prepreg, necessary to the production of composite parts for Archer's production aircraft.
Aerospace conference set
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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has announced plans for an Emerging Aviation Technology Conference April 4-5 in Durant.
The Quiet eVTOL Revolution: Designing Acoustics for Public Acceptance
A panel discussion at this year's Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas, covered perspectives on acoustics of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft from several industry leaders including Ben Goldman of Archer Aviation, Mark Moore of Whisper Aero, and Juliet Page of Blue Ridge Research and Consulting. The event was organized by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) and moderated by Jim Sherman, VFS Director of Strategic Development.
The Road to Automated Metropolitan Flight: Automated flight systems will heavily influence the success of UAM strategies
The German Air Traffic Management startup Skyroads today presented its second comprehensive white paper on flight systems in Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Written by industry experts Ralph Schuppenhauer (Lead Ground Systems Skyroads) and Corvin Huber (CEO Skyroads) it not only presents an overview of the status quo of the discussion and development of Urban Flight, but also shows the requirements and benefits of associated Management Systems. Skyroads presents a clear roadmap of how the development of traffic management and vehicle guidance systems can enhance and speed up the implementation of UAM in global metropolitan and urban regions by bringing safety to urban flight already at an early date. Open, automated and interoperable flight systems will allow urban air traffic to scale flight numbers and thus dramatically improve revenue models.
What Raw Materials Can Be 3D Printed?
AT&T researcher Johannes F. Gottwald published the first 3D-printing patent in 1971. Gottwald's machine was designed to create 3D objects out of heated metal alloy, but now the new material options available for 3D printing are bringing the technology ever closer to an imagined sci-fi future.
Archer CEOs discuss 2022 eVTOL air taxi development goals
San Francisco-based electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and air taxi company Archer Aviation finished last year with a bang. Now, its co-founders and -CEOs Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein tell DroneDJ why they think 2022 will be even more exciting.
Future Urban Mobility: eVTOL, an Economic Reality?
Energy Industry Review
The idea of eVTOL seems to be torn from SF movies. But today, in this major urban agglomeration, flying cars are one of the solutions to get around quickly and environmentally friendly. There are many projects, designed a long time ago, but putting into circulation this type of vehicle requires even more time.
DroneShield for Texas Counter UAS Strategy: a Statewide Acquisition Framework
DroneShield Limited, a developer and manufacturer of counter-drone technology, said this week it has entered into a contract framework with the state of Texas that will simplify the purchase of its technology by state and local governments and educational agencies in the Lone Star State.
India bans the import of foreign drones
In a move that I personally think is a huge mistake, the Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) announced that it's effectively game over for DJI and others in India.
AirData and Skydio Announce Technology Partnership
Flight data management leader AirData UAV announced today a new technology partnership with Skydio, the leader in drone manufacturing and autonomous flight. This new partnership will enable the integration of Skydio Cloud into AirData's robust fleet management platform, offering customers a complete fleet management solution.
Scaling Up to Advanced Air Mobility
The Scaling Up to AAM discussion during the eVTOL Symposium at TVF2022 started with a presentation by Paul Stith, Associate Vice President, Global Transportation Initiatives – Growth Accelerator at Black & Veatch. Black & Veatch is an engineering, consulting, and construction company that focuses on sustainable infrastructure innovations. To date, they have deployed well over 2,000 EV charging stations, said Stith. He sees the keys to establishing advanced air mobility (AAM) as industry collaboration, standardization, and policy support.
Personal eVTOL Vehicles: AIR CEO Believes in the Flying Cars of the Future
From George Jetson to Prof. Brown in the Back to the Future movies, the dream of owning one's own flying car has captured the public imagination.
However, in recent years, planners envisioning urban air mobility solutions have focused largely on the creation of fleets of air taxis. Challenging this conventional wisdom is the CEO of an Israeli start-up company that has developed an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, who believes that small personal flying machines will be the wave of the future.
Hyundai Launches New Company to Advance Urban Air Mobility: Supernal
Today, Hyundai Motor Group announced a new company called Supernal, LLC to advance its mobility solutions. As the evolution of its Urban Air Mobility Division, Supernal will be the key player in the Group's future mobility vision. Supernal is developing a line of electric air vehicles and assembling public and private stakeholders to responsibly shape the growing Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry. The Company plans to launch its first commercial flight in 2028 and scale operations, capitalizing on the Group's manufacturing expertise, as the AAM market and public acceptance begin to grow in the 2030s.