Tag Archives: Autonomous Flight

Vtrus raises cash for indoor inspection by drone

Seattle startup Vtrus has raised investment for a different kind of drone — one that’s designed to conduct precision inspections of industrial facilities. A SEC filing published today shows a $2.9 million cash infusion for Vtrus. Renato Salas-Moreno, the company’s CEO and co-founder, declined to … Continue reading

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Boeing’s passenger air vehicle makes debut

Boeing says it has successfully completed the first test flight of a prototype for its autonomous passenger air vehicle, which could start carrying riders as early as next year. The test was executed on Jan. 22 at an airport in … Continue reading

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Report: Flying-car market could hit $1.5 trillion

The market for autonomous flying cars — also known as eVTOL aircraft, air taxis or personal air vehicles — could amount to nearly $1.5 trillion by the year 2040, according to an in-depth analysis from Morgan Stanley Research. The financial company’s … Continue reading

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Solar-powered Odysseus drone will fly high in 2019

Aurora Flight Sciences, a pioneer in experimental flying vehicles that became a Boeing subsidiary last year, says its solar-powered, high-altitude, long-endurance Odysseus drone will take on its first flight in the spring of 2019. Odysseus has been years in the making, … Continue reading

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Boeing to open autonomous flight research center

Boeing says it’ll be moving into a 100,000-square-foot research and lab space in Cambridge, Mass., that will focus on the design and development of autonomous aircraft. Boeing’s Aerospace and Autonomy Center will house employees from Boeing and its recently acquired … Continue reading

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Uber CEO touts flying cars and change in attitude

Uber executives are providing an update on their plans to put flying cars in the air by 2020, with commercial rides beginning in 2023, but the most pointed comments from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi address the rideshare company’s present challenges. Khosrowshahi’s interview … Continue reading

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Vahana air taxi makes first test flight in Oregon

This week marked a milestone for Airbus Ventures’ Vahana team, which is developing a self-flying, electric-powered air taxi — also known as a flying car. Vahana’s 20-foot-wide Alpha One prototype executed its first test flight at the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range … Continue reading

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