Even though the issue of massive layoffs is currently underway, but for research and development, apparently Airbus continues to run on schedule. This was evidenced by the inaugural flight test of the Airbus VSR700 drone copter at the test center drone, near Aix-en Province in Southern France. If on November 8, 2019, VSR700 had successfully flown first in the same location, then the latest news said that this drone that was planned for the French Navy had successfully flown for free in 10 minutes.
From the press release of Airbus.com (07/28/2020) received by Indomiliter.com, this inaugural free flight phase succeeded in proving that this drone copter can fly without operator intervention and control on 28 July. Unlike the flight test in November 2019, where the VSR700 was not just released, but hovered with a 30 meter cable tethered to secure the flight zone. In this free flight test VSR700 relies on geofencing and virtual perimeter technology, which allows and justifies flight permits from airworthiness authorities.
"The free flight phase achieved by VSR700 is a major step towards the free flight test over the sea which will be carried out at the end of 2021 as part of a de-risk study for the needs of the French Navy," said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.