The Rolls-Royce of Passenger Drones
Vertical Aerospace’s Urban Air Mobility solution may be the Rolls-Royce of passenger drones, a phrase synonymous with luxury engineering. Rolls-Royce has recently announced that their electrical power system will be integrated into Vertical Aerospace’s “piloted all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle.” The aircraft will carry up to four passengers for 120 miles at cruise speeds of over 200mph, and is expected to certify in 2024, says the announcement. The companies expect the first flight of the Vertical Aerospace aircraft this year.
Providing more evidence that the urban air mobility market continues to grow in importance, Rolls-Royce is one of several automotive brands collaborating in the sector. “Vertical Aerospace is a key collaboration for Rolls-Royce Electrical as it marks our first commercial deal in the UAM market and builds on previous agreements to work with partners on demonstrator…