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Fengfei puts the focus on air taxi capability of Albatross
Thursday, 17 September 2020
The Albatross has a canard layout design using carbon fibre composite material integrated moulding technology, which is lighter in weight, stronger and more rigid. Lift is powered by eight sets of motors.

Shanghai Fengfei Aviation Technology has premiered the vertical take-off and landing intelligent aircraft-V400 Albatross for the global market.

At the 2020 World UAV Conference, the company also announced its corporate strategic plan for the first time, focusing on large-scale intelligent logistics aircraft and "air taxi" self-driving manned aircraft as the main product layout, building an air logistics operation system and a three-dimensional air travel method to create the future Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

V400 Albatross is independently developed by Fengfei Aviation Technology. As a vertical take-off and landing intelligent aircraft, the maximum take-off weight is 400 kg and the maximum load is 100 kg. There are two power versions to choose from: the pure electric version has a full-load cruising range of 300 kilometers, and the hybrid version has a full-load cruising range of 1,000 kilometers.

Vertical take-off and landing, long endurance, large load, and intelligence have always been the direction of technological breakthroughs in intelligent aircraft, and they are also key indicators for measuring the technological strength of aircraft companies in various countries around the world. Compared with other leading vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the world, the V400 Albatross has the advantages of long endurance, large payload and intelligence.

V400 Albatross adopts a canard layout design, which has a higher lift-to-drag ratio than the traditional layout, and achieves excellent aerodynamic performance. The whole machine body uses carbon fibre composite material integrated molding technology, which is lighter in weight, stronger and more rigid. The whole body adopts a three-axis layout to ensure the overall high reliability and high strength characteristics. The V400 Albatross closely integrates aerodynamics and electric propulsion technology. It is equipped with a flight control with completely independent intellectual property rights and a high power-to-weight ratio motor electronic control system. The lift part uses 8 sets of motors, and the thrust part is provided by 2 sets of power sources. With thrust, it can take off and land vertically and hover in the air like a multi-rotor drone, and it can fly horizontally like a fixed-wing aircraft.

In terms of safety, the V400 Albatross strictly adopts aviation system development standards. It not only has an 8-litre 2-push multi-redundant control system, a multi-redundant flight control system, and a ground radar assisted remote takeoff and landing function, but also a complete parachute system to ensure flight safety.

The V400 Albatross can fly autonomously, has the ability to intelligently sense and avoid in the air, and supports seamless connection with 4G/5G networks. It will be used in scenarios such as express logistics, emergency material transportation, medical rescue, and fire emergency response, especially in mountainous and island transportation scenarios, which can save a lot of time and have obvious efficiency advantages.

At the press conference, Fengfei Aviation Technology announced its corporate strategic plan for the first time, with large-scale intelligent logistics aircraft and "air rental" autopilot manned aircraft as the main product layout, building an air logistics operation system and a three-dimensional air travel method to create a future city air traffic.

The R&D and production of large-scale vertical take-off and landing intelligent aircraft is the foundation of the UAM industry. The release of the V400 Albatross is not only the manifestation of Fengfei Aviation Technology's strength in the field of large-scale vertical take-off and landing intelligent aircraft, but also in terms of technical verification. Fei Aviation Technology is one step closer to the vision of autonomous manned flight.

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