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This Wednesday the sky VillacarrilloJaén, has witnessed a milestone in Spanish technology: a air taxi prototype has been put into operation, in the case of first free flight carried out in Spain for this aircraft, which has also achieved the autonomous takeoff and landing.

This flight is part of the demonstrations of the USPACE4UAM project, the european consortium for secure integration of mixed operations, with manned and unmanned vehicles in urban environments. The Villacarrillo Experimental Flight Center (Jaén), has been in charge of putting the aerotaxi into operation with a journey from 160 meters to 15 meters high.

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This demonstration has revealed that it is indeed possible to autonomous landing and takeoff, autonomous height control and air taxi integration in European airspace. Also, this is the first time that the Concept Integrity prototype flies open air in Spain. The director of the aerotaxi project, Joseba Lasa, has shown his satisfaction for “a historical factthe demonstration that it is possible to fly over the sky of Jaén has been a complete success thanks to the technological development carried out in Spain by the companies UMILES Next and TECNALIA”.

How will the Spanish air taxi work?

This air taxi has great advantages over the helicopter or the light aircraft since it is one hundred percent electric, being its introduction in the city more viable; furthermore, it is much cheaper, it pollutes less and the noise is lower. In the future, the installation of vertiports, similar to heliports, where air taxis in the shape of airplanes with wings will land and take off. Likewise, Lasa has pointed out: “The prototype that we have designed is expected to be autonomous, single-seat and having such restricted dimensions that you can park in the city center without the need for an infrastructure, the ultimate goal is for them to be the size of a car”, he pointed out.

This new means of transport can reach 120 km per hour, Being intra-urban and with some autonomies of fifteen kilometers or fifteen minutes although it will be expanded little by little, according to the project director. Since the urban center of 85% of the cities is around that distance, with this type of vehicle “You could go from one side of the city to the other in a straight line in seven minutes, It’s competitive advantage.”

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