EHang completes flight trials of European GNSS EGNOS airspace integration procedures

China’s eVTOL manufacturer EHang has announced the completion of a series of flights by its EH216-S electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft supported by European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), Europe’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS). The flights were conducted at EHang´s UAM Center in Europe, inside Lleida–Alguaire International Airport (LEDA) in Spain, in the frame of European Union Agency for the Space Programme´s (“EUSPA”) SAMVA project.

The SBAS Adoption in Multicopter VTOL Aircraft (SAMVA) project, focuses on the implementation of EGNOS satellite-based operations on eVTOLs, to enhance Advanced Air Mobility services and U-Space airspace integration. EGNOS allows more accurate positioning and provides an additional layer of safety for the flights of EH216-S pilotless eVTOL in Europe.

“Supported by SAMVA, EGNOS services were tested and validated, through different exhaustive flight campaigns performed with EHang’s EH216-S pilotless eVTOL, using specific Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight procedures and navigation integrity concepts, leveraging EGNOS technology, performance and integrity features,” said the company.

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