Battery Swapping System for Electric Aircraft
Whitney Thomas, Graduate Student, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Airbus believes in the potential of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to transform our cities for the better, and has a goal to develop sustainable mobility systems that bring maximal societal benefit while causing minimal environmental impact. One of the challenges to developing a low operating cost UAM system with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is to be able to turn around the aircraft quickly between flights to increase aircraft utilization. The student team worked to develop an automated battery swapping system with minimal human oversight for eVTOL aircraft.