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UK-based eVTOL developer Vertical Aerospace is partnering with Solvay to develop the composite structure of its VA-1X electric air taxi, the companies announced.
Under their agreement, Solvay will provide access to its portfolio of thermoplastic composites, specialty polymers, and structural adhesives, as well as technical and application support both at Solvay’s European Application Centers and at Vertical Aerospace’s office in Bristol, UK. The companies aim to see the first flying VA-1X prototype take to the air in September 2021.
“Solvay is proud to partner with Vertical Aerospace, a pioneer in sustainable aviation technologies, whose VA-1X aircraft is set to revolutionize the way we travel,” Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit, stated in a press release.
“By providing the performance required to operate safely and maximize range, while facilitating the processes needed for mass production, our advanced materials will be key enablers to the mass adoption of eVTOLs.”
Designed to operate under FAR Part 135 VFR? Or IFR?
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