BY VERTICAL MAGAZINE / STAFF WRITER
Uber kicks off its second Elevate Summit by officially sharing the design specifications for its electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL) common reference model.
Uber’s eVTOL common reference models (eCRM) represent a new class of aircraft, that utilize distributed electric propulsion, which was spearheaded by 30-year NASA veteran, and now Uber’s director of aviation engineering, Mark Moore.
Uber’s eCRMs are designed for safe transition between vertical and forward flight, which is achieved through stacked co-rotating propellers. Stacked co-rotating rotors or propellers have two rotor systems placed on top of each other rotating in the same direction. Initial experimentation of this concept has revealed the potential for significantly quieter performance than traditional paired rotors and improved overall performance.
“We are exceptionally excited to be working with Uber to help change the way the world moves,” said Myles Baker, M4 Aerospace Engineering’s CEO. “We have been working in the aviation industry for many years, and it is great to see the right pieces come together to do something so transformational.” Read more.