Uber has selected Aurora Flight Sciences as a partner to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for its Uber Elevate Network.
Aurora’s eVTOL concept is derived from its XV-24A X-plane program currently underway for the U.S. Department of Defense and other autonomous aircraft the company has developed over the years.
The eVTOL aircraft has a length and wingspan of 8 m and be able to carry a load of 225 kgs at a speed of 180 km/h. The eVTOL aircraft includes eight lift rotors for vertical takeoff and cruise propeller and wing to transition to high-speed forward cruise.
The eVTOL will be used for short-haul transport of passengers or cargo.Current configuration allows for two passengers including the pilot plus luggage.While initially operated with a safety pilot, the eVTOL aircraft is designed for fully autonomous operations.