The CityAirbus programme has reached an
important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron
bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany.
CityAirbus is a multi-passenger, self-piloted
battery-powered vertical take-off and landing vehicle designed for
urban air mobility. It is designed to carry up to four passengers
over congested megacities in a fast, affordable and
environmentally friendly way.
The first full electric propulsion test bench
has the capability to operate the propulsion system chain from
flight controls to the dynamic loads of the propellers. This
allows the verification of the electric, mechanical and thermal
After being maturated and verified on the iron bird, the
propulsion system will be embedded on the demonstrator by
The test bench configuration reflects the
CityAirbus architecture including motors, power electronics and
distribution boxes developed and produced by Siemens in the frame
of the cooperation agreement between Airbus and Siemens on
Meanwhile the development of the CityAirbus
demonstrator itself is on-going. The first structural parts have
already been produced and are on the way to being assembled.
important development steps pave the way to the CityAirbus’ first
flight before the end of 2018.