URBAN AIR MOBILITY

Aerospace

Archer unveils eVTOL Maker aircraft

California-based UAM company debuts its inaugural composite eVTOL demonstrator aircraft at an in-person event in Los Angeles.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Urban Air Mobility

Majority of global eVTOL professionals indicate commercial UAM routes will be operational by 2025

Research commissioned by Horizon Aircraft suggests near-future UAM market advancements and the development of new jobs, with Canada, China and the U.S. predicted to have the most advanced eVTOL markets.

Urban Air Mobility

EHang reveals long-range composite autonomous aerial vehicle

Further expanding its UAM services, the passenger-grade VT-30 is designed for zero-emissions intercity transportation up to a distance of 300 kilometers.

Urban Air Mobility

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Heatcon to distribute Hexcel prepregs for UAV/AAM market

The partnership includes North American distribution of Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg tapes and fabrics to support urban air mobility manufacturing and repair.

CFRP frames used in BMW i3 and Airbus Helicopters EC 135

Carbon fiber will enable air taxi eVTOLs

Aircraft and autos have indeed faced CFRP production woes, but new tech opens door for both.
#a350 #adhesives #bmw

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Videos / Podcasts

Urban Air Mobility

Novotech launches SEAGULL hybrid-electric, composites-intensive aircraft

Novel folding-wing, urban air mobility platform begins work toward certification.

Urban Air Mobility

Lilium, Toray reach carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray will provide carbon fiber directly to Lilium during development of the Lilium Jet eVTOL craft, and then to suppliers during prototyping and production. Includes video of Lilium Jet test flight.
#sustainability

Urban Air Mobility

China's EHang wins approval to use autonomous aerial vehicles for air logistics

The approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China enables commercial operation of the EHang 216 passenger-grade plane for cargo transport.
#regulation

Aerospace

Archer unveils eVTOL Maker aircraft

California-based UAM company debuts its inaugural composite eVTOL demonstrator aircraft at an in-person event in Los Angeles.

Urban Air Mobility

Majority of global eVTOL professionals indicate commercial UAM routes will be operational by 2025

Research commissioned by Horizon Aircraft suggests near-future UAM market advancements and the development of new jobs, with Canada, China and the U.S. predicted to have the most advanced eVTOL markets.

Urban Air Mobility

EHang reveals long-range composite autonomous aerial vehicle

Further expanding its UAM services, the passenger-grade VT-30 is designed for zero-emissions intercity transportation up to a distance of 300 kilometers.

Prepregs

Heatcon to distribute Hexcel prepregs for UAV/AAM market

The partnership includes North American distribution of Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg tapes and fabrics to support urban air mobility manufacturing and repair.

Defense

U.S. Air Force awards airworthiness approval to Beta Technologies ALIA aircraft

Endorsement follows manned electric aircraft into next phase of flight testing, with the goal to enable new markets and accelerate UAM development.

Aerospace

Beta secures order for 20 composite eVTOL ALIA aircraft 

Blade Urban Air Mobility operators to receive first passenger-configured Beta aircraft in 2024. Additional partners span medical, logistics, defense and passenger market segments.
#sustainability #trends

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Defense

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Janicki Industries

Janicki Industries is featuring its fast prototyping process for flyaway parts and tooling for urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle manufacturers.
#camx