Posts by Lynn Tryba
UAVs Face Headwinds, Tailwinds, and Downdrafts: What’s a Drone to Do?
Researchers are teaching drones how to adapt and stay on course in different wind conditions using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Vertical Aerospace Hires Tim Williams as Chief Engineer
Tim Williams was at year 33 with Rolls-Royce—the last 10 as a Chief Engineer—when he was contacted by a recruiter. Calling the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines “a superb company to work for,” he thought he’d dispatch the recruiter by saying the only thing that could tempt him was “a much bigger challenge.” And…
Bell Unveils Its Nexus 4EX
At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, helicopter manufacturer Bell revealed the latest version of its Nexus vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, now called the Bell Nexus 4EX. The original e-VTOL vehicle, unveiled at the 2019 CES, had six tilted ducted fans; this version, as the new name implies, has four….
Boeing and Kitty Hawk Launch Wisk Aero
Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and the Kitty Hawk flying car company have established a company called Wisk Aero. This new joint venture evolved from a strategic partnership the two companies formed in mid-2019. The partnership was formed to develop safe urban air mobility (UAM) so that electric flying cars, both autonomous and piloted,…
Volocopter Unveils New City Air Taxi
Volocopter recently unveiled VoloCity, the fourth-generation of its air taxi model. The German company learned what worked and what didn’t from 1,000 test flights of its previous Volocopter version. Some of those test flights took place in Dubai, which has been a leading player in the emerging field of flying cars. The new electrical take-off…