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Archer Enters Agreement with United States Air Force to Collaborate on Flight Testing

  • Under the Agreement, Archer will share its eVTOL flight testing information with the United States Air Force (USAF) to allow the AFWERX Agility Prime Office to assess the transformational vertical flight market and eVTOL technologies
  • The collaboration will help identify opportunities for early adoption of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft in the years ahead

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 03, 2021 – Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”), a leading developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, today announced an agreement with the USAF to establish a collaborative strategy to explore the technical readiness and suitability of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft for USAF purposes. As Archer continues its work towards achieving FAA Type Certification of its eVTOL aircraft, flight testing information will enable the USAF to better identify opportunities for early adoption of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft with the potential for procurement and fielding in the next three years.

As part of the agreement, Archer will provide the USAF and the AFWERX Agility Prime Office with data from certain of its upcoming flight tests for the purposes of furthering the USAF’s understanding of its aircraft’s capabilities, systems and development progression. AFWERX Agility Prime is a non-traditional program seeking to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles. The goal of the partnership is to conduct testing of airworthiness of Archer’s demonstrator aircraft, Maker, which is targeted to begin flight testing in the months ahead.

“We’re honored to be working with the United States Air Force to explore the potential applications of eVTOL aircraft in the coming years,” said Adam Goldstein, co-Founder and co-CEO of Archer. “As we continue to progress toward our mission of ushering in the next era of sustainable urban air mobility, working with the USAF will allow for new opportunities to share Archer’s revolutionary approach to urban air mobility. We’re excited to begin this effort to further highlight the wide-ranging benefits of eVTOL aircraft.”

“Through our partnership with the USAF, we hope to accelerate our flight testing timeline and demonstrate the technical readiness level and suitability of our aircraft for the United States Air Force’s desired applications,” said Brett Adcock, co-Founder and co-CEO of Archer. “We’re looking forward to beginning flight tests of Maker in the months ahead as part of this agreement, which will showcase the advancements we’ve made in bringing our eVTOL aircraft to market.”

“Partnerships like this will enable the USAF to work closely with the designers and engineers behind the groundbreaking new technologies that are making eVTOL flight a reality,” said Colonel Diller of the USAF. “We believe that eVTOL aircraft represent a great leap forward in aerospace and we’re excited to be working on this new era of sustainable transportation.”

Continue to follow along with Archer’s journey via www.archer.com.

About Archer
Archer’s mission is to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. Archer’s goal is to move people throughout the world’s cities in a quick, safe, sustainable, and cost-effective manner. Archer is designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for use in urban air mobility. Archer’s team is based in Palo Alto, CA. To learn more, visit www.archer.com.

Featured Image courtesy of Archer

Maker Unveil Event – Livestream

Introducing our inaugural all-electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) – Maker. Maker is a fully autonomous vehicle for 2 passengers, and can fly at 150mph for distances of up to 60 miles. Its purpose is to advance our work on certification and development of our key enabling technologies. On the back of 20 years of advancements in electric power systems, our team has built an affordable, safe, and low noise eVTOL aircraft. These aircraft take off vertically like a helicopter, fly forward like an airplane, and are 100% electric. Archer is redefining transportation for today and for generations to come, leading the next transportation revolution
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