UAM developer Archer unveils its production Midnight air taxi
Urban air mobility (UAM) company Archer on Thursday is unveiling its production Midnight air taxi during an open house event at the company’s test facilities in Palo Alto, California, where the craft is being prepared for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
Inspired by Archer’s UAM prototype, Maker, Midnight will operate using the company’s proprietary 12-tilt-six configuration for air taxi service, flying up to four passengers and a pilot with maximum payloads of 1,000 lb. During its unveiling, company officials will introduce the craft designed for back-to-back flights of around 20 miles before needing a 10-minute battery recharge.
Those distances roughly correspond to the initial air taxi routes Archer is planning to operate between Lower Manhattan to Newark Airport as part of client and investor United Airline’s UAM shuttle services for its passengers.
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