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Event Roundup: Vertical Flight Society and Heli-Expo

Perhaps January felt especially long this year because it was bookended by CES on the front end and Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo at the end, with Vertical Flight…

A Celebratory, Bittersweet Moment: Vahana’s Final Flight

A Celebratory, Bittersweet Moment: Vahana’s Final Flight

Our Story: Part 4

Here it is - the final post of our timeline series detailing the extraordinary efforts of the Vahana team to take the vehicle from a napkin sketch to the tremendous achievement…

Our Story: Part 3

In this post we continue our timeline-themed recap of the internal monthly updates circulated throughout Airbus as Vahana was built and tested. This year in particular was huge…

Our Story: Part 2

In our 2016 timeline intro blog, we teased the release of our newest series detailing month by month accounts of the behind the scenes efforts that went into making Vahana a reality…

Our Story: Part 1

When we first set out to design, develop and test Vahana it seemed like a huge undertaking — especially considering our accelerated timeline. To keep our colleagues throughout…

A Look Inside Vahana Flight Testing

We regularly publish about milestones we reach on our flight test journey, from first flight in January 2018 to full transition in May 2019. We recently completed our 100th flight…

Flight Test Update: Full Transition

Today I’m excited to share a new video from Vahana. In the video below you’ll see a successful full transition flight, which represents everything we set out to achieve when we…

Step Inside Alpha Two

In our last post, we shared our incredible milestone of achieving 50 full-scale test flights with Vahana Alpha One, and eagle-eyed readers noticed that we shared a new image of…

Flight Test Update: 50 Flights

As 2019 gets underway, we wanted to provide an update as to where we are at with Vahana’s flight test campaign and what’s ahead. To date we’ve flown 50 full-scale test flights…

Vahana Research: Tiltwing Multi-Rotor Aerodynamic Modeling

Over the course of this blog, we’ve published posts on everything from our approach to autonomy to the thought process that went into Vahana’s design. During this time, many of…

Exploring Control Allocation for eVTOL Vehicles

Imagine yourself in the cockpit of a Cessna, similar to the one shown in the image below. As the pilot, you have the ability to separately control the roll moment by deflecting…

Why Direct to Autonomy

Over the last 70 years, many have studied the impact of automation on human activity. From early automation pioneers like Mackworth, who in 1948 studied the phenomena described…

First Flight: Behind-the-Scenes

It’s been almost three months since our first flight, and while the team is busy analyzing data and preparing for the next stage of flight testing, we wanted to share an update…

Vahana Design Process Part II: Preparing for Lift-Off

Since we first sketched Vahana on a napkin, we’ve eagerly looked forward to the day we would see our vision become a reality as occurred just a few weeks ago with our first successful…

Alpha One Takes to the Skies

There’s an age-old proverb: “you need to see something before you can accept that it really exists,” often condensed to the simpler “seeing is believing.” That phrase certainly…

Vahana, the Self-Piloted, eVTOL aircraft from Acubed by Airbus, Successfully Completes First Full-Scale Test Flight

Milestone in advancing Urban Air Mobility achieved as Vahana celebrates two years since launch

Vahana’s First Flight a Success

Today marks a historic day for Acubed by Airbus and the Vahana team. We can now announce our successful first flight. At 8:52AM on January 31, 2018 in Pendleton, Oregon, our full-scale…

January 2018 Vahana Project Update

It’s a new year and we have exciting updates to share on our progress at Vahana over the past few months. We all knew that designing and building this revolutionary vehicle would…

Exploring Sense-and-Avoid Systems for Autonomous Vehicles

A question we often get is, why doesn’t Vahana have a pilot?

Our Journey to Pendleton

If you’ve been following along with our blog and social media, you’re aware of the Pendleton Hangar, a brand new 9,600 square foot hangar at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport…

Vahana Project Update

If you’ve been following along here, you surely share our sentiment that now is a very exciting time for Airbus and the entire aerospace industry. Vahana will help usher in a

Vahana: Passenger Experience (Video)

Vahana: The Future of Urban Air Mobility (Video)

Vahana Design Process Part I: Putting Pen to Paper

The concept of personal flight has been a dream of humankind since we first took to the skies. We’ve seen it conceptualized in comic books, television shows, and futuristic sci-fi…

Vahana Configuration Trade Study — Part II

In Part I of the Vahana Configuration Trade Study we outlined the two configurations selected for in-depth study: an electric helicopter and an electric eight fan tilt-wing. Additionally…

Vahana Configuration Trade Study — Part I

Current Vahana Openings

Welcome to Vahana

Project Vahana started in early 2016 as one of the first projects at Acubed, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus Group in Silicon Valley. At Vahana, we are…