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Concept Integrity completes second test flight in Spain
Tests were run on the automatic flight control and autonomous take off and landing systems, as well as on the Detect and Avoid technology and flight manoeuvres, among other unmanned vehicles flying at different layers.
The UMILES Next and Tecnalia teams at the Atlas Test Flight Centre in Spain.
Read this story in our November 2022 printed issue.

The Concept Integrity eVTOL aircraft designed by UMILES Next, and equipped with FlyFree technology developed by research partner Tecnalia, has successfully taken to the skies over Spain. Having recently performed a flight in Toulouse, this was the first free flight completed by the aircraft in Spain as part of USPACE4UAM, a European demonstration project intended to safely integrate mixed operations, including manned and unmanned vehicles, into urban settings.

The test flights took place at the Atlas Test Flight Centre in Villacarrillo, Jaén, which undertakes testing of unmanned aviation technologies and systems and light and tactical remotely piloted systems. These flights allow the two companies to run further tests on their eVTOL prototype, paving the way for the future integration of the air taxi into urban airspace.

This is a significant milestone towards integration into UAM, as defined by the European USPACE4UAM project, which seeks to test and demonstrate effective management of urban air traffic featuring unmanned aircraft. The Concept Integrity was flanked at the testing event by other unmanned aircraft at different layers with a view to proving that this new traffic type can be safely and seamlessly integrated into urban areas in the near future. The companies participating in the project include project leader Honeywell, Vertical Aerospace, CATEC and ENAIRE.

The mobility of the future will be smarter and more sustainable than ever before. New systems and developments will deliver alternative transport solutions in increasingly busy cities. UMILES Next and Tecnalia are working tirelessly to deliver urban air and ground mobility solutions that are set to become real transport options by 2028.

Its previous Toulouse flight back in September was part of an initiative by the TindAIR (Tactical instrumental deconfliction And Inflight Resolution) consortium, which rolls out large scale UAM test flights to test and demonstrate effective management of air traffic using unmanned aircraft in urban settings. The air taxi's next stop for further testing is Lugo in Spain.

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