The Archer Air Taxi eVTOL concept took a big step towards reality this week, transitioning from vertical to horizontal flight.
Archer Aviation successfully completed the first-ever transition flight with its Maker eVTOL air taxi prototype, where it was able to achieve a full transition from vertical, to horizontal, wing-borne cruising flight.
The successful transition to horizontal flight marks a significant milestone in the ongoing development of the Maker air taxi – that’s because, unlike most of the other eVTOLs currently under development, Archer’s aircraft takes off and lands vertically, but uses its wings to produce lift during cruising flight. That means it behaves much more like a conventional airplane from point to point, but one that can land (or take off) from just about anywhere.
According to Archer, this first successful transition flight validates the aircraft’s design, and will be sure to open doors (and order books) throughout the aviation industry.
You can watch the first successful Maker transition flight for yourself, below, then let us know what you think of Archer’s chances in the future, in the comments.
Archer Full Transition Flight | Maker eVTOL
SOURCE | IMAGES: ARCHER, VIA FUTURE FLIGHT.
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