A review of current technology and research in urban on-demand air mobility applications

Nicholas Polaczyk, Enzo Trombino, Peng Wei, Mihaela Mitici

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Abstract

The purpose of this report is to summarize the current technology and challenges facing the market for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban on-demand air mobility applications. This report has two parts. The first part reviews existing electric drones for on-demand air mobility services for human transportation and package delivery drones. In this section, eVTOL projects are classified and compared by design parameters, specifications, and performance. While electric aircraft are the primary focus, some hybrid-electric and gas-powered aircraft will be used for comparison purposes. The second component reviews research publications discussing optimization and urban strategies for these aircraft. Challenges currently facing the industry are also discussed. These challenges include battery technology, efficiency, and safety. In this section, applications of eVTOL technology and future development are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium 2019
PublisherVertical Flight Society
Pages333-343
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781510888746
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium 2019 - Mesa, United States
Duration: 28 Jan 20191 Feb 2019

Conference

Conference8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium 2019
CountryUnited States
CityMesa
Period28/01/191/02/19

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