Urban air mobility—manned and unmanned—has become the hottest area of innovation in aviation. Whether it will mature into a market or fizzle out depends on how successful manufacturers, operators and regulators are in tackling a wide range of technical, operational and societal challenges. Propulsion There is a divide between the likes of Uber, which wants all-electric UAM and believes battery technology will be ready to power small eVTOLs on short flights by 2023, ...

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