Airbus is constructing a test centre for CityAirbus NextGen in the town of Donauwörth, where company representatives, politicians and business leaders attended a ground-breaking opening ceremony, reports a press release. Donauwörth is the capital of the Donau-Ries district in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany.
The building is scheduled to be completed by early 2023. Occupying a surface area of 1,000 m², the new structure will be used for trialing systems for eVTOL Aircraft. The ceremony was attended by Anna Christmann, the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy.
Wolfgang Schoder, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Germany, commented, “We are investing in the future of electric flight because we believe this technology holds key potential for zero-emission flights. Urban Air Mobility will change the way we travel in cities and beyond and it will be a new pillar of business for Airbus.”
Anna Christmann, Aerospace Coordinator, added, “Airbus Helicopters is laying an important foundation for the further progress of electrically powered aircraft at the Donauwörth site.”
She continued, “As the federal government, we welcome the efforts made by industry to develop new propulsion systems and aircraft that will enable climate-neutral aviation in the future.”
The press release explains, “The hangar integrates high-voltage equipment and lithium batteries and is designed to undergo testing with the highest safety precautions. All tests needed before CityAirbus NextGen’s maiden flight can be carried out there.”
And goes on, “These tests cover the electric motors with their eight rotors as well as the aircraft’s other systems such as flight controls and avionics.”
Last September, Airbus unveiled its eVTOL prototype the CityAirbus NextGen. With a range of 80 km and cruise speed of 120 km/h, it has been developed to suite a range of deployments in urban areas. For, as well as carrying passengers, the aircraft could also be deployed on medical missions or used in an eco-tourism context.
Airbus is working closely with industrial and institutional partners to lead the development of urban air mobility ecosystems, as recently announced with ITA Airways in Italy, as well as through the launch of the Air Mobility Initiative in Germany.
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