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UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:43 pm

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/07/ups-to- ... rkets.html
"The new type of aircraft, which looks like a cross between a plane and a helicopter, “unlocks new business models that don’t exist today,” Bala Ganesh, vice president of the UPS Advanced Technology Group, told CNBC. “For example, you can see a future where it’s carrying, let’s say 1,000 pounds, 1,500 pounds to rural hospitals,” and landing on a helipad instead of an airport.

Vermont-based Beta Technologies will design and build the eVTOLs, which are set to be delivered to UPS in 2024, pending certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. Beta will also provide landing pads and rechargeable batteries. UPS holds an option to purchase up to 150 more eVTOLs. The price of the transaction was not disclosed. The eVTOLs can fly up to 250 miles at 170 mph on a single charge."

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Re: UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:21 pm

That will be an interesting test if they can deliver this aircraft to UPS.

Good for UPS to encourage it.

I'm skeptical that it will be certified by 2024. I would not be surprised by another few years to accomplish that.

I would also not be surprised if it never enters the market.

I've funded a few experimental/test NDE technologies (mainly experimental probes for eddy current, remote field, etc.) when I worked in the nuclear power plants. Only about 1/4 of them worked... and those entered the industry and are now available to all. My manager understood that in order to be able to see more defects - we had to invest in promising technologies.
 
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Re: UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:56 pm

Here's your chance to read about Beta Technologies. Sounds like they are doing some interesting things...

https://www.beta.team
 
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Re: UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:35 am

V-22 Osprey mini.
 
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Re: UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:04 am

Nice website, but I will believe when I see it flying. This is a decade away.
 
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Re: UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:21 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Nice website, but I will believe when I see it flying. This is a decade away.


https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N250UT

I have seen it...
 
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Re: UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft

Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:23 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Nice website, but I will believe when I see it flying. This is a decade away.

These guys are already flying. Joby Aviation is already flying. And those are just two of many. Yes, there are years of testing still to go, especially for the VTOL and autonomous phases. But this is the most exciting space in aviation at the moment.

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