Airbus Group Vahana electric, self-piloting VTOL UAS begins flight testing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Engineers at A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus Group in Silicon Valley, California, working on Vahana, an electric, a self-piloted flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport, sought flight test and range services. They found their solution – to help advance automated electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight for the emerging on-demand mobility market – at Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) and partner SOAR Oregon.

Nov 10th, 2016
Airbus Group Vahana electric, self-piloting VTOL UAS beings flight testing
Airbus Group Vahana electric, self-piloting VTOL UAS beings flight testing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Engineers at A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus Group in Silicon Valley, California, working on Vahana, an electric, a self-piloted flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport, sought flight test and range services. They found their solution – to help advance automated electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight for the emerging on-demand mobility market – at Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) and partner SOAR Oregon.

The contract covers the prototype Alpha Phase, which seeks to identify and resolve major technical and certification risks, culminating in a flight test demonstration at the end of 2017. MTSI will lead the Flight Test effort, while SOAR Oregon will provide test range support and other services.

A³'s mission is to disrupt Airbus Group and the rest of the aerospace industry. MTSI is an engineering services and technology solutions provider for the defense industry, intelligence community, and commercial markets. SOAR Oregon is a non-profit established to make Oregon a leader in the civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, and support Oregon’s three FAA-designated UAS test ranges.

“This unique air vehicle will challenge traditional flight test methodologies,” says Paul Linnell, MTSI director, civil & commercial, and project manager. “Vahana sought out industry partners with deep experience in flight test and unmanned aircraft test range services to support this innovative project and they found that in MTSI and SOAR Oregon.”

MTSI is an employee-owned engineering services and technology solutions company delivering first- choice capabilities to solve problems of global importance in the critical mission areas of missile defense, cyber security, intelligence, unmanned/autonomous systems, aviation, space, and homeland security. MTSI’s mission is to make important and lasting contributions to the nation’s defense and security by providing leadership and best- value solutions to solve America’s most technically challenging strategic problems. Founded in 1993, MTSI today has over 700 employees, based at 20 offices and field sites worldwide.

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