The Viability of e-VTOL for urban traffic Thursday 27 October 2022
Thursday 27 October 2022
Académie royale de Belgique, Brussels
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This presentation analyses the design characteristics and performances of electrically powered aircraft, aimed at the urban passenger transport market, which could significantly reduce both the urban traffic congestion and its associated pollution.
The specification for these aircraft are based upon the Uber Elevate White Paper (2016), complemented by a more detailed review of operational and system aspects. Two possible practical operational implementations are considered, either an airborne “metro” or a classical airborne taxi. A comprehensive review of a selection of existing projects reveals the multitude of options and indicates a wide range of performances difficult to understand for vehicles supposedly aimed at the same specification. The identification of the state of the art and development perspective of the main components of the propulsion chain and of the “glider” are then presented. This enables a selection of a preferred configuration based upon the tandem wings concept which is presented with some details, and its preliminary performance assessment and a comparison with the targeted specification requirements and the published data...