VTOL Stories March 13

From Electrek:

The flying taxi company Kitty Hawk last night launched ‘Cora’, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) personal airplane/helicopter drone hybrid that will carry a passenger. Kitty Hawk is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO-ed by Sebastian Thrun, the self-driving car pioneer who is the founding director of Google’s X lab. expand full story

VTOL Stories March 6

From Electrek:

Improvements in battery technology are quickly starting to enable manned electric flight, which some companies now want to combine with drones.

Audi and Airbus partnered with Italdesign to work together on a passenger drone/electric car hybrid concept. expand full story

VTOL Stories February 22

Over the last two days, photos and specs have been going around the internet of a supposedly new DJI fixed-wing VTOL drone. The information originated from two Twitter accounts, that in previous cases have provided very accurate information. This time, detailed photos of the drone showing DJI components and specs were released. All seemingly part of the new DJI fixed-wing VTOL drone. Today, however, we received a message from DJI today dispelling these rumors.

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This morning, we learned from two important sources new information about DJI’s fixed-wing VTOL drone. As you have seen there is a photo of the actual drone flying, but we now also have more detailed photos and information on the various cameras that can be used with this drone. A lot of the content in the slides below is in Chinese and we are in the process of translating that.

Update: DJI has informed us that the drone pictured in this post is NOT an official DJI product. More information here.

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VTOL Stories February 21

Just now the first photos and specs have surfaced online from what appears to be the new DJI Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), fixed-wing quadcopter drone. As we have reported before, this drone is aimed at the agricultural and industrial markets.

Update: DJI has informed us that the drone pictured in this post is NOT an official DJI product. More information here.

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VTOL Stories October 5, 2017

CityAirbus, chief engineer Marius Bebesel confirmed this week that Airbus expects to have the flying taxi in the air in 2018, after successfully completing ground tests of the electric power system that they will use to propel the vehicle through the air.

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