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Kitty Hawk ends Flyer program, shifts focus to once-secret autonomous aircraft

Kitty Hawk ends Flyer program, shifts focus to once-secret autonomous aircraft Kitty Hawk is shutting down its Flyer program, the aviation startup’s inaugural moonshot to develop an ultralight electric flying car designed for anyone to use. The company, backed by Google co-founder Larry Page and led by Sebastian Thrun, said it’s now […]

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Volocopter extends Series C funding to $94M with backing from logistics giant DB Schenker and others

Volocopter extends Series C funding to M with backing from logistics giant DB Schenker and others Autonomous air mobility company Volocopter has added to the Series C funding round it announced in September 2019. The German electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft maker announced €50 million ($54 million at today’s exchange […]

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Volocopter and Grab to study the feasibility of deploying air taxi services in Southeast Asia

Volocopter and Grab to study the feasibility of deploying air taxi services in Southeast Asia Air mobility startup Volocopter will be working together with on-demand transportation, food delivery and payments company Grab on a feasibility study around air mobility in Southeast Asia. The joint study is part of a Memorandum of Understanding […]

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Alphabet’s Loon and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile turn solar-powered drones into flying cell towers

Alphabet’s Loon and SoftBank’s HAPSMobile turn solar-powered drones into flying cell towers Alphabet-owned Loon, the company that had been focused on delivering internet communications to remote areas via stratospheric balloons, has completed development work on a new payload for partner HAPSMobile, a subsidiary of SoftBank that’s building high-altitude solar-powered uncrewed aircraft. The […]

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Wisk signs deal to deploy an air taxi trial in New Zealand

Wisk signs deal to deploy an air taxi trial in New Zealand Air mobility company Wisk has singed an agreement with the New Zealand government to set up and run an air taxi trial in the region of Canterbury, with the goal of flying passengers once its Cora aircraft is certified to […]

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Joby Aviation raises $590 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service

Joby Aviation raises 0 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service Joby Aviation has raised a $590 million Series C round of funding, including $394 million from lead investor Toyota Motor Corporation, the company announced today. Joby is in the process of developing an electric air taxi service, […]

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Watch a full test flight of Lilium’s all-electric urban aircraft

Watch a full test flight of Lilium’s all-electric urban aircraft These days, it seems like everyone is building their own electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The race is clearly on to develop these vehicles in a bid to anticipate the next major sea change in how we get around cities, […]

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Volocopter awarded key designation by European aviation safety regulator

Volocopter awarded key designation by European aviation safety regulator Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft maker Volocotper has received a Design Organization Approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is basically a recognition by the EU that the processes Volocopter has in place in developing and building […]

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Volocopter unveils a new eVTOL drone for heavy lift cargo flights

Volocopter unveils a new eVTOL drone for heavy lift cargo flights Urban air mobility company Volocopter has focused its efforts to date on getting its passenger electric drone business off the ground – literally, in fact. But now, the German startup has unveiled a new electric vertical take-off and landing craft (eVTOL), […]

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NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing

NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing NASA will fly a crewed X-plane, one of the experimental aircraft it creates to test various technologies, for the first time in two decades in the near future. This X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell to be exact, is significant for another reason, too: It’s […]

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