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The CityHawk & The Panda


In 2004, the development and 'proof of concept' flights of the "CityHawk"at Urban Aeronautics of Tel Aviv, Isreal were completed. The vehicle can carry two people, take off and land vertically, and stay aloft for close to one hour. The maximum operating ceiling for the CityHawk is estimated at 8000 feet, with flight speeds of 80-90 knots. The most significant feature of the CityHawk is its small footprint, merely 2.2 x 4.7 meters. This footprint is compatible with most standard urban parking spaces and garages.


Flight Testing the CityHawk

HoveringCityHawk
Image Copyright - Urban Aeronautics, Ltd.


Flight Testing The "Panda"

CityHawkOverTheCity Image Copyright - Urban Aeronautics, Ltd.

Previously, in February 2003, Urban Aero had completed CityHawk's ground tests and began flight testing with all wheels off the ground. The vehicle uses an auto-stabilization system and was not tethered from above for these tests.

Rafi Yoeli PhD., President & CEO of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. states that the vehicles being produced by the Company are not intended to be "flying cars". "While future, low cost "Flying Cars" could be derived from this technology," said Mr. Yoeli, "Urbanaero machines will be flown initially by rated pilots (probably helicopter pilots) and operate next to helicopters in existing fleets. They will supplement helicopters in roles requiring operation inside obstructed terrain such as cities, and will first be used for rescue, policing, fire departments and EMS (air ambulance). Subsequently they may be used for private transportation as well."

The tests on the Citihawk being completed satisfactorily, the company began development of their other projects including the "PANDA Fancraft". This is an unmanned electrically powered vehicle, 1.5 meters long and 0.8 meters wide. It has a maximum take-off weight ranging from 15kg to to 22 Kg, depending on battery type and capacity. It has a typical endurance range of 30-45 minutes with a useful payload capacity of 1.5 kg. Its two rotors have a diameter of 0.5 meters, each having its own electric engine. This UAV is intended to be carried and deployed from a Humvee-class vehicle, and to be used in urban intelligence missions.

The company is also developing the X-Hawk and information on this vehicle may be seen by clicking here - X-Hawk



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Urban Aeronautics visit:

www.urbanaero.com/Frame-whatsnew.htm


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