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Kitty Hawk says its third electric aircraft has a 100-mile range
Oct 3, 2019  Andrew J. Hawkins


Project Heaviside by Kitty Hawk

Heaviside is the Larry Page-backed startup’s newest model

Kitty Hawk, the electric flight startup backed by Google co-founder Larry
Page, unveiled its third aircraft on Thursday. Heaviside, which is
abbreviated to HVSD, is roughly 100 times quieter than a helicopter, and it
can travel the 55 miles from San Jose to San Francisco in about 15 minutes,
the company says.

TechCrunch, which got an early look, describes the aircraft as about
one-third of the size of a Cessna airplane. It has a range of “about 100
miles,” the publication states, though Kitty Hawk is mum on technical specs
around the aircraft’s battery and powertrain. All we really know is that the
orange-and-black vehicle has eight rotors to help power its vertical takeoff
and landing (VTOL) abilities.

The lack of noise while in flight is another thing Kitty Hawk is
highlighting about its new aircraft. In a video posted on its site, Kitty
Hawk notes that a helicopter hovering at 1,500 feet emits about 80 dBA,
while Heaviside only puts out 38 dBA. The idea is that rather than power
your urban air taxi service with noisy helicopters (which Uber is attempting
to do with its recently launched Manhattan-to-JFK Airport service), why not
use Kitty Hawk’s whisper-quiet electric planes instead?

It’s not really a fair question because Kitty Hawk hasn’t said anything
about its production plans. The company recently announced that it’s
partnering with Boeing to develop its semi-autonomous flying taxis. Last
year, it unveiled its first two aircraft, the single-seater Flyer and the
two-seater Cora. It also said it would be teaming up with Air New Zealand to
eventually launch a flying taxi service in that country.

If true, a 100-mile range would be an incredible breakthrough for electric
flight. Flying requires a ton of energy, and, presently, the weight of
batteries presents complications for liftoff. The technology that allows
Tesla to squeeze 300 miles of range out of a Model 3 or for Chevy to get 200
miles out of the Bolt isn’t enough to power more than a two-seater aircraft
with a flight range limited to only a few miles.

Kitty Hawk’s response to this challenge is to make its aircraft very small.
The Flyer can carry one person; Cora can carry two. The Heaviside can only
fit one pilot, which raises questions about the entire lineup’s viability as
passenger aircraft.

Kitty Hawk has some high-profile competitors in the nascent flying taxi
space. Most notably, Uber plans to start test flights of its own Uber Air
service in 2020, with a commercial launch planned for 2023. The ride-sharing
company announced that it’s working with five aerospace companies to build
aircraft for the service, including one company that was purchased by Boeing
back in 2017. A separate startup, Lilium, completed a test flight of its own
five-seater aircraft earlier this year.
[© theverge.com]

Kitty Hawk launches eVTOL Heaviside
04 October, 2019  The Palo Alto-CA based startup, backed by Goog Alphabet’s
co-founder Larry Page, presented the one-seat Heaviside, an eight-rotor
electric-powered aircraft. Kitty Hawk is one of at least two dozen companies

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