Aerospace company Archer Aviation Inc. recently conducted a hover test.
Last week, it launched its eVTOL, or electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. As part of its development of an air taxi commuter transportation system, Archer showed off a prototype five-seater airplane, called Maker, earlier this year.
The demo Maker succeeded in going airborne on Thursday morning at a test location in California. This was not a full flight, but the hover proved the hardware and software were in working order. With the first test completed, the company can begin testing more in the new year.
From unveiling Maker to watching it take off on its first flight, it has been an amazing six months for Brett Adcock, co-founder and executive chairman of Archer. He further added that he was extremely proud of the exceptional team that has built Archer, a leading eVTOL company and educated the public on clean transportation alternatives. Today is a historic day for Archer and the future of travel
Archer co-founder and CEO Adam Goldstein said with our first hover flight now completed, we’re one giant step closer to that goal and we’ve proved we can work quickly without compromising quality. We are ready to continue at that pace as we work toward launching an aerial ridesharing service in late 2024.
Archer expects to launch in cities like Miami and Los Angeles by 2024.