Airbus is collaborating with KLK Motorsport and Modell-und Formenbau Blasius Gerg to design, develop and manufacture the rear structure of the City Airbus NextGen eVTOL, reports a press release. The companies will develop an ultra-lightweight rear fuselage that plays a vital role in the airframe’s flight efficiency.
Joerg Mueller, Head of Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, commented, “Directly interacting with the centre fuselage and the wing, the rear structure will leverage both suppliers’ expertise in homogeneous design for FormulaE and Formula One vehicles, while complying with the most stringent safety and reliability standards”.
The release states, “KLK Motorsport and Gerg have been working on end-to-end composite design and manufacturing solutions for a number of years.” And continues, “This partnership to develop the rear structure of CityAirbus NextGen is a continuation of the work undertaken by both suppliers on Airbus’ high speed demonstrator Racer, for which KLK Motorsport and Gerg GmbH provided an innovative carbon fibre canopy, optimised for low aerodynamic draft and high visibility.”
Airbus unveiled its eVTOL prototype CityAirbus NextGen, last September, to explore advanced air mobility technologies and bring urban air mobility (UAM) services to life.
Over the past few months, the Company has chosen other partners for structural components of its prototype, such as Thales and Diehl, who will develop the aircraft’s flight control computers and Spirit AeroSystems for its wings.
Airbus is also working closely with industrial and institutional partners (eg. ITA Airways in Italy) to lead the development of UAM ecosystems including launching an ‘Air Mobility Initiative’ in Germany.
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