City Airbus CIA
CityAirbus is an all-electric, four-seat, multicopter vehicle demonstrator that focuses on advancing remotely piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flight. In March 2019 Airbus presented the model of the CityAirbus to the public on the town hall square in Ingolstadt. The unmanned maiden flight took place on 3 May 2019 in Donauwörth. Manned flights are planned from 2025.
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The idea for a compact “flying taxi” first came from the desire of AIRBUS to take city commuting into the air in a sustainable way. The AIRBUS team began by rethinking traditional aircraft architecture, creating a multirotor design based on electric motors. Thus CityAirbus was born. To date, the CityAirbus sub-scale model has flown more than 100 test flights, which has proven the aerodynamic configuration of the full-scale prototype.

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Power Flight

Technical Specs

Remoted piloted with advanced control system. Four passengers plus optional pilot. Less noise than traditional helicopters. Up to 3 times faster than cars. Fully electric and battery powered. 8 fixed pitch propellers with 8 100Kw electric motors. Ducted high-lift prpulsion units. Single failure tolerant architecture.110Kw Battery capacity. 8 x 8 x 2,7 meters. 2.8m propeller diameter. 2.2.t take off weight. 120 km/h topspeed.

City Airbus

The propulsion of the eight-rotor helicopter (multicopter) is housed in four fixed drive nacelles, each containing two counter-rotating coaxial propellers with a diameter of 2.80 m. The lower propeller of each nacelle has a shroud, while the upper one rotates freely in the airflow. This design was chosen with a view to low air resistance, which would be much higher if the nacelle were completely encased [8]


The fixed pitch propellers are directly driven by eight Siemens electric motors type SP200D. Flight control is effected by changing the speed of individual propellers, as is usual with multi-copters. The design of the system contributes to safety and a low acoustic footprint. The CityAirbus will carry four passengers, initially with one pilot, later autonomously controlled.
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Creating a Gamechanger

When AIRBUS intented to build up a flying drone, Genesis Design was asked for overtaking the designdevelopment of this visionary idea. In a new and competetive market, it is important to create an innovative, serious and futurable icon. Even more so when it concerns a global player brand like AIRBUS. Together we started a task force unit with one aim: to let the drone fly in the air in 2020. DONE!

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Design Implementation

Genesis Design was even asked for advice of the integration of the previous developed design into all technical demands. So what is more difficult than preserving the iconic design while having a totaly functional product like an helicopter? It needs to have the special Genesis Design skills to implement the initial designintention into a flying series product.

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Public Relations

Ideation & Design

"Looks pretty cool, now he just has to fly", said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) at the presentation of the Cityairbus.