SkyDrive partners with JAXA for research into eVTOL Noise Reduction

Sky­Drive has con­clud­ed a joint research agree­ment with the coun­try’s Japan Aero­space Explo­ration Agency (JAXA) for the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of eVTOL air­craft.

In addi­tion to Sky­Drive’s own research on noise reduc­tion, the com­pa­ny will also pro­mote research on the improve­ment of noise esti­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy for eVTOL air­craft, in cor­po­ra­tion with JAXA.

Nobuo Kishi, Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer at Sky­Drive, said: “We are very pleased to con­duct this joint research with JAXA that focus­es on noise reduc­tion of eVTOLs. We will use the data acquired through the research by using JAXA’s exist­ing noise source iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy to take us through the major step to devel­op­ing fly­ing cars that the soci­ety needs.“

With the mis­sion of ‘tak­ing the lead in the once-in-a-cen­tu­ry mobil­i­ty rev­o­lu­tion’, Sky­Drive is devel­op­ing eVTOL air­craft to cre­ate a future where every­one has access to eVTOL as their dai­ly trans­porta­tion.

In order for its air­craft to take off and land in neigh­bor­hoods and to be applied as dai­ly choice trans­porta­tion, we are work­ing to fur­ther noise reduc­tion. Sky­Drive will con­tin­ue its effort to reduce the noise source devel­op­ment of rotors and sys­tems using the results from the joint research with JAXA.

The com­pa­ny has been select­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty ‘Smart Mobil­i­ty Expo’ Project at Expo 2025 Osa­ka, Kan­sai, Japan. The com­pa­ny aims to fly its SKYDRIVE (SD-05) eVTOL air­craft at the Expo, which is cur­rent­ly under devel­op­ment. It is expect­ed to have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics from con­ven­tion­al rotary-wing air­craft, in terms of low­er noise such as rotor diam­e­ter, lay­out, sys­tem con­fig­u­ra­tions.

JAXA has been devel­op­ing tech­nol­o­gy for noise source iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of rotor blades with their largest wind tun­nel test facil­i­ties in Japan. Sky­Drive has now begun a joint research project in the JAXA facil­i­ty to reduce the noise lev­el of eVTOLs by util­is­ing their tech­nol­o­gy.

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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