PAL-V and NLR Will Start The Development of The eVTOL Flying Car
Autonomous flying with an eVTOL (electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing) should be made possible by Royal NLR and PAL-V within 10 years. At the moment PAL-V is finalizing the development of the PAL-V Liberty, world’s first commercial flying car that will enter the market in 2020. The PAL-V Liberty is intended for the City-to-City mobility market. With the signing of this MoU, both parties express their vision and reinforce their collaboration to improve and elevate the Urban Air Mobility market with an eVTOL flying car. Vice President Aerospace Vehicles Collin Beers of NLR: “NLR has a strong focus on sustainability in the aviation industry. In order to do this NLR is involved in various projects to support Dutch and international partners. One of these projects will be the development of an eVTOL for Urban Air Mobility to support aviation industry worldwide.”
As Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V, continues: “This MoU is a next step in growing our company. In 2020 PAL-V will deliver the first series of the PAL-V Liberty for the City-to-City mobility market. Making it possible to fly outside of cities and drive within. With this MoU PAL-V makes another step to develop a flying car for the Urban Air Mobility market, where people can fly electrically without a pilot from one point of the city to another. A number of the technologies that we will develop together in this project will also be used for our current model, the PAL-V Liberty.”
Urban Air Mobility To improve the Urban Air Mobility, PAL-V and NLR will take different aspects into consideration: safe use of airspace for not only other flying objects in the air but also for people on the ground, limiting the (noise) pollution and improving the efficiency of current propulsion systems. On top of that, the platform needs to comply with rules and regulations that still need to be developed. “The knowledge of both parties in combination with the facilities of NLR, like the RPAS (Drones) Test Centre, multiple wind tunnels and the composite and 3D printing research institute of NLR allows us to develop a concept that meets the desire of mobility within cities and between cities without an increase in traffic congestion.” Says Beers of NLR.
Flying Car “The main focus of PAL-V is personal air mobility which is a high potential market for the upcoming decennia”, explains Dingemanse. “In order to successfully deliver an electric autonomous airworthy prototype for urban air mobility we will take all the stakeholders into account: creator, operator and regulator. PAL-V and NLR will therefore also look into the ’flying car taxi service’. This will allow people to use the PAL-V as a shared mobility platform instead of owning a flying car themselves, which will further reduce the traffic congestion in cities. The same approach we used during the realisation of the PAL-V Liberty. The know-how that we created until now is a solid foundation of this next project together with NLR.”
PAL-V International B.V., the company that initiated the development of the PAL-V, is located in Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands. The company was founded in 2007 to commercialize the concept developed since 1999. The management consists of a team of experienced Dutch entrepreneurs with expertise in aviation, automotive, research, and marketing. PAL-V succeeded in gathering the best talent available. Testing its "proof of concept" vehicle for driving in 2008/2009 and for flying and driving in 2011/2012 it has proven technical feasibility and certifiability within the existing regulatory framework. The company is funded by a group of professional and private investors and also received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Three Dutch ministries are supporting the project based on its technical innovation and economic potential.
About NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Centre
NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace. Its mission is to make air transport safer, more efficient, more effective and more sustainable. Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and comprehensive solutions to the complex challenges of the aerospace sector. NLR's activities span the full spectrum of Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation (RDT & E). Given NLR's specialist knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities, companies turn to NLR for validation, verification, qualification, simulation and evaluation. They also turn to NLR because of its deep engagement with the challenges facing our clients. In this way, NLR bridges the gap between research and practical applications, while working for both government and industry at home and abroad. NLR stands for practical and innovative solutions, technical expertise and a long-term design vision, regarding their fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, drones and space exploration projects. This allows NLR's cutting-edge technology to find its way also into successful aerospace programmes of OEMs like Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.
PAL-V International B.V.
Baileybrugweg 13F, 4941TB
Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands
Press contact: Joris Wolters: tel. +31 162 580 560, Pressinfo@PAL-V.com
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