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Solvay, Vertical Aerospace developing eVTOL aircraft

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Feb '21
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Solvay and Vertical Aerospace are collaborating to develop a piloted electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the first flying prototype of which is to test fly in September 2021. Solvay will provide access to its composite and adhesive qualified product portfolio and specialised technical and application support for the project.

Solvay is partnering with Vertical Aerospace to develop the composite structure the aircraft which is being developed under Vertical Aerospace’ passenger air-taxi programme VA-1X. This piloted eVTOL flagship aircraft will be able to carry four passengers and one pilot for 100 miles (160 km) at cruise speeds of 150mph/240kmph.

As part of the agreement signed by both companies, Solvay will provide access to its extensive composite and adhesive qualified product portfolio and specialised technical and application support both at Solvay’s European Application Centres and at Vertical Aerospace’s office in Bristol, UK. Together, the companies aim to successfully develop the first flying prototype which is scheduled for a test flight in September 2021.

“Solvay is proud to partner with Vertical Aerospace, a pioneer in sustainable aviation technologies, whose VA-1X aircraft is set to revolutionise the way we travel. By providing the performance required to operate safely and maximise range, while facilitating the processes needed for mass production, our advanced materials will be key enablers to the mass-adoption of eVTOLs,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit.

Solvay and Vertical Aerospace sustainability agendas are fully aligned. The VA-1X will be electrically powered, where possible by renewable energy, and will offer emission-free flights. The aircraft certification is planned for 2024 with commercial services starting shortly after.

“We are incredibly excited to be working hand in hand with Solvay, co-innovating to develop a lightweight, advanced and sustainable eVTOL thanks to their portfolio of advanced materials,” said Michael Cervenka, CEO of Vertical Aerospace.

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