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Tech Companies Partner for Uber Air Taxi

By S.L. Fuller | April 26, 2017
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Carter Aviation Technologies teams with Mooney International Corp. for Uber urban air transport aircraft. Image courtesy of Carter.

Carter Aviation Technologies teams with Mooney International Corp. for Uber urban air transport aircraft. Image courtesy of Carter

Carter Aviation Technologies has partnered with Mooney International Corp. to design an air taxi that could be in Uber’s future. The Carter SR/C Air Taxi would use Carter’s patented Slowed Rotor Compound (SR/C) technology for efficient hover and cruise at 175 mph.

The electric VTOL aircraft would, among other features:

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  • Sit four to six people
  • Have 3,200 lbs of empty weight with batteries
  • Have 4,000 lbs max gross weight
  • Have 800 lbs max payload

“The low disc loaded single main rotor can operate at low tip speeds in hover to reduce takeoff and landing noise, and be slowed in cruise to reduce cruise noise and allow for high speed efficiency on par with a fixed wing aircraft,” Carter said. “And with the high inertia rotor always turning, it can operate in effect as a built-in parachute, but one that can be ‘deployed’ at any altitude or any airspeed, and one which allows for directional control all the way down to the ground.”

At its Elevate summit, Uber said it had formed several partnerships, including one for aircraft development with Mooney. Another partner is Aurora Flight Sciences, which is proposing an aircraft based on its XV-24A demonstrator and other aircraft and systems it has developed. Other companies that were not named as partners are currently developing air taxis of their own. At the summit, Lilium Aviation spoke of its Lilium Jet, and Airbus’ A^3 talked about its Vahana aircraft.

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