startup Volocopter

Air taxi startup Volocopter teams up with Schenker to deploy heavy-lift drones

| < 1 minute read

German aviation startup Volocopter has teamed up with logistics group DB Schenker to deploy its heavy-lift drones, in a project that will gather vital practical flying experience before its air taxis enter service.

Volocopter is one of a fleet of startups developing battery-powered aircraft. With full certification for its air taxi still, a few years away, it wants to put its VoloDrone to work sooner. The remote-controlled drone can lift a load of up to 200 kilograms (440 lb) and has a range of 40 kilometers (25 miles), making it ideal for jobs such as delivering medicines to a hospital or dropping off components at a factory.

Big car manufacturing companies like Toyota, BMW, Tesla, and aerospace companies like Boeing and Airbus are also developing the air taxi. According to a Morgan Stanley Research study, the autonomous urban aircraft market may be worth $1.5 trillion by 2040. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber said it had shortlisted five countries, besides the US, to launch its air taxis: Japan, India, Australia, Brazil, and France.

The concept of air taxi was first introduced way back in 2001 by NASA.

Posted in

About the author

Related Posts

Startup Of The Week – NutSpace

Everything we do, we do to brighten the future of our children by making them creative, innovative and better human beings. We shape the future of our children by using simple theme-based stories that are easy to understand, encourage reflection, impart knowledge and drive curiosity. We design story-based courses for children, parents and teachers. Currently, we are focusing on creating content for children (and their parents/teachers) of 0-8 years.