Kitty Hawk partners with Boeing for UAM push



The Larry Page-backed VTOL manufacturer Kitty Hawk has partnered with Boeing to push both companies’ urban air mobility projects.

Kitty Hawk is currently developing two VTOL aircraft, the fully-electric personal eVTOL named Flyer and the electric air taxi Cora. The company’s Cora division specifically will be working together with Boeing on this partnership.

Cora is a thirteen-rotor aircraft capable of vertical lift and fixed-wing flight. Cora uses 12 lift rotors on the wings to take off and land vertically and will use a single propeller to power its fixed-wing horizontal flight.

“Kitty Hawk was started to advance technology in flight and bring new innovations to life,” said Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk’s co-founder and CEO. “I am excited about our companies working together to accelerate making safe electric flight a reality.”

Last we heard of Cora was that the upcoming aircraft’s operator Zephyr Airworks had partnered with Air New Zealand to help certify and fly the aircraft.

Boeing is already working on its own eVTOL prototype. The aerospace conglomerate acquired Aurora Flight Sciences – an autonomy and robotics company working on its own VTOL testbed aircraft PAV – through its urban air mobility subsidiary Boeing NeXt.

“Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “We have a shared vision of how people, goods and ideas will be transported in the future, as well as the safety and regulatory ecosystem that will underpin that transportation.”