VoloConnect First Flight eVTOL Passenger Aircraft
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby
The UP.Summit saw urban air mobility (UAM) leader Volocopter announce that its VoloConnect fixed-winged passenger aircraft completed its first flight this past May, making Volocopter the world’s first and only eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) developer to have a full fleet of individual aircraft configurations undergoing flight tests.
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With a range of over 60 miles and able to reach speeds of over 155 mph, the VoloConnect travels further and faster than any other Volocopter aircraft. Its six rotors enable vertical takeoff, and its two electric fans work in unison with its uplift-creating wings to allow for its high speed. While the VoloCity and VoloConnect (expected to launch in 2024 and 2026 respectively) meet needs for metropolitan and suburban flights, Volocopter aims to serve a wide range of flight needs.