AAM developer Kittyhawk closes shop, but still backs Wisk Aero
Pioneering advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft company Kittyhawk has announced it is terminating operations, bringing to a close efforts to develop next-generation electric aircraft that Google cofounder Larry Page launched in 2010.
The rather secretive Kittyhawk habitually held its AAM research and activity cards close to its chest, and the announcement it was moving to close shop was similarly laconic. In posts to social media, the company declared, “We have made the decision to wind down Kittyhawk,” adding it is “still working on the details of what’s next.” That left sector observers hanging to speculate why the move had been made, and what will become of the company’s staff.
There are a few credible guesses for what motivated the decision, with at least one report indicating it may not have come as abruptly as it appeared.
A leading theory is that Kittyhawk’s AAM aircraft projects had been eclipsed by the rapid progress of autonomous…