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A new set of rotor blades has been installed on the AirMule ducted fan VTOL developed by Urban Aeronautics. The company will showcase this newest version of the AirMule in the AUS&R event, on November 26th in Yes Planet, Rishon Lezion, Israel.
The Israeli company manufactured 12 composite rotor blades, for the two new six-bladed rotors that are currently installed on the aircraft. These rotors have replaced the four-bladed rotors that have been in use since the beginning of 2010.
Dr. Rafi Yoeli, president of Urban Aeronautics, told iHLS that the test flights that have been performed so far with the new blades have proved that they extended the performance envelop of the AirMule.
Yoeli added that his company is working on a second AirMule prototype, in preparation for the planned demonstration flights to be watched by potential customers. The second prototype is intended primarily as a backup aircraft, to ensure uninterrupted flight testing once mission demonstrations to customers begin.