New York (The Verge) — Volocopter’s air taxi performs a test flight at the Helsinki Airport theverge.com/2019/8/30/2084….
German startup Volocopter says it’s the first company to fly an electric vertical takeoff and landing (or eVTOL) aircraft at an international airport while integrated into the air traffic management system. The company released a video of its 18-rotor aircraft (or octadecacopter) flying around the Helsinki Airport on Friday.
Volocopter’s been kicking around since the first days of The Verge’s existence in 2011, and in that time, it has evolved its electric air taxi technology to an impressive level, as the aircraft no longer looks like some kind of Mad Max flying machine. That progress has attracted some serious backing, too, with Intel providing Volocopter with both technology and assistance and Daimler investing some $30 million. — Sean O'Kane/@verge