You might already know that Airbus has been working on a flying vehicle, called Vahana, that will be powered by electricity for a couple of years now. The French company aimed to test the Vahana by the end of 2017 but they didn’t make it. The vehicle recently completed its first test flight in Oregon — just a couple months too late.
The project was started in 2016 and Airbus has come a long way in only two years. The full-sized electric take-off and landing craft flew 16 feet up in the air during the 53 seconds long flight where the vehicle’s hovering capabilities were tested. It landed at a test site located in Pendleton, Oregon. This is what the project executive of Vahana, Zach Lovering, said about what Airbus has achieved during these two years: “Vahana took a concept sketch on a napkin and built a full-scale, self-piloted aircraft that has successfully completed its first flight.”
Airbus’s goal is to let commuters travel with the Vahana at a similar price to going by car or train. They are working on the autonomous craft at their A3 facility in Silicon Valley, and they are hoping that the Vahana will be ready in 2020.
Next time Vahana’s ability to change directions in the air will be tested. How do you think that will go? Do you think the Vahana will be released in 2020? Leave your thoughts below!