Aerospace designer and manufacturer Airbus has unveiled the 'CityAirbus NextGen,' an all-electric, remotely-piloted helicopter designed for urban transportation. The company intends for the new vehicle to function as an "air taxi" capable of flying four passengers to destinations throughout a given city.
The 'CityAirbus NextGen' was announced during the first #AirbusSummit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace,” which focused on the emerging 'Urban Air Mobility market. The compact vehicle comes equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, eight electrically powered propellers, and a one-of-a-kind distributed propulsion system.
Currently in its development stage, the 'CityAirbus NextGen' is being built to fly with an 80 km range, reaching cruise speeds of 120 km/h. “We are on a quest to co-create an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility into the cities while addressing environmental and social concerns," said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
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