News brief: Vahana, the Airbus-backed venture that’s developing a fleet of electric-powered air taxis, shared the results of its first flight test amid the prairies of eastern Oregon three weeks ago. But now there’s video showing the Alpha One octocopter landing on its airstrip at the Pendleton UAS Test Range. “During our minute-long flight, the primary battery system used about 8 percent of its total energy, demonstrating that the vehicle is capable of much more,” Vahana CEO Zach Lovering said today in a blog posting. Lovering said that the flight test campaign is continuing, and he promises further updates. Watch Wired’s extended-play version of the video, and stay tuned for more via Twitter.
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