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Solvay and Vertical Aerospace, partners for the development of an electric aircraft in the air taxi program
Solvay will provide composite and adhesive technologies, as well as technical support for Vertical Aerospace
Solvay is working with Vertical Aerospace to develop the composite structure of the aircraft from their air taxi program, VA-1X. This electric aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) will be able to carry 4 passengers and 1 pilot over a distance of 160 kilometers, at a cruising speed of up to 150 km / h.
As part of the agreement signed by both companies, Solvay will provide access to its extensive product portfolio, technical support and specialized applications at both the Solvay European application centers and the Vertical Aerospace office in Bristol, UK.
Together, the companies aim to successfully develop the first prototype, scheduled for a test flight in September 2021.
"Solvay is proud to partner with Vertical Aerospace, a pioneer in sustainable aviation technologies, whose aircraft VA-1X it is going to revolutionize the way we travel. It will provide the performance needed to operate safely and maximize autonomy, while facilitating the processes required for mass production. Our advanced materials will be key elements for the mass adoption of eVTOLs ", said Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit .
The Solvay and Vertical Aerospace sustainability agendas are fully aligned. VA-1X it will be electrically powered, and where possible with renewable energy, and will provide emissions-free flights. The certification of the aircraft is planned for 2024, the commercial services starting shortly after the certification.
"We are extremely excited to work hand in hand with Solvay, co-innovating to develop a eVTOL lightweight, advanced and durable thanks to their portfolio of advanced materials ", said Michael Cervenka, CEO of Vertical Aerospace.