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Israel’s Urban Aeronautics, the pioneering hydrogen/electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) developer, who recently announced its partnership with the Boeing Company, now joins forces with Asia’s tech-powered urban air mobility service Ascent Flights Global Pte. Ltd (Ascent), to bring the eVTOL CityHawk to market. The founding team met as co-workers in an investment group, REAPRA, which provided venture building and investment support to develop Ascent. Co-founded in 2018, Ascent is based in Singapore, with operations in the Philippines.
Urban Aeronautics has been building the next generation of flying vehicles since 2001.
With its success in the development of the Cormorant, an unmanned VTOL aircraft built for a variety of military, civil and emergency response missions, Urban Aeronautics is now setting its sights toward the manned civilian market through commuter air taxis, and emergency medical services (EMS). With the recent announcement of its partnership with the Boeing Company, Urban Aeronautics now joins forces with Ascent to accelerate the commercialisation of its hydrogen/electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the CityHawk. CityHawk has a uniquely small footprint the size of a large SUV and yet has a seating capacity for up to six passengers. This combination maximizes the efficiency of vertiports and increases passenger traffic laying a foundation for a genuine mass transit solution.
Ascent is Asia’s first technology-powered urban air mobility service that enables users to avail of helicopter flights by the seat today, and eVTOLs in the future, to skip the traffic between activity hubs like international airports, central business districts and popular leisure destinations to regain control of their time in traffic-congested cities.
This new business model allows users to experience seamless urban mobility through the skies on fuel-efficient flights, from US$150 per seat, a rate up to ten times more affordable than traditional chartering. Despite this innovation, urban air mobility is predicted to become even more affordable and environmentally sustainable with eVTOLs, a less expensive aircraft to produce, maintain and operate, relative to helicopters. Recent studies project that unmanned autonomous air taxi services could bring the price as low as $2 per mile.
“As we continue to advance on our development and look toward commercial flights within a few years, we are eager to work with Ascent. Thanks to Ascent’s unique operational experience, and growing footprint, we are now able to enrich our aircraft design and commercialisation approach, based on direct market insights. With this partnership, Urban Aeronautics can make an aircraft for the customer, with the customer,” says Dr. Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics.
(Source and image: Urban Aeronautics)
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