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CityAirbus NextGen electric aircraft prototype debuts

Airbus has publicly unveiled its electric CityAirbus NextGen prototype in conjunction with the opening of its new center in Donauwörth, Germany. The center is dedicated to testing eVTOL systems including flight controls, avionics, and electric motors with eight rotors. The two-tonne-class CityAirbus is slated for its maiden flight later this year. It has a wing… Read more »

Airbus and STMicroelectronics partner on power electronics for aircraft electrification

Airbus, an aerospace company, and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor manufacturer, have partnered on power electronics R&D for future hybrid-powered aircraft and full-electric urban air vehicles. The collaboration builds on previous evaluations of wide bandgap semiconductor materials for aircraft electrification by both companies. The partnership will develop silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) devices, packages and… Read more »

Airbus chooses Nidec Leroy-Somer to create electric motors for its hydrogen fuel cell engine

Airbus hopes to launch a zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. French electric motor maker Nidec Leroy-Somer will create an electric motor for its hydrogen fuel cell engine prototype. Airbus will test its fuel cell engine prototypes on ground benches. After certification and validation, in-flight testing will continue. “We have been selected by Airbus to provide… Read more »

Airbus and Renault team up to advance research on electrification

Airbus and Renault Group have signed an R&D agreement under which their engineering teams will join forces to improve energy storage-related technologies. More specifically, the cooperation agreement will focus on technologies related to energy management optimization and battery weight improvement, including solid-state battery designs, which some say could double the energy density of batteries in… Read more »

Airbus boosts cryogenic technology testing for electric aircraft systems

Airbus is developing a testing platform called Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electric propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, which reduces power loss in conductors. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at… Read more »

Airbus invests in battery tech company Amprius

Airbus has invested in US-based battery technology company Amprius. Amprius will direct the funding to its new batteries based on silicon nanowire anode technology, supporting the development of higher-volume production capacity and higher energy density cells. Airbus aerospace programs such as Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite and Urban Air Mobility stand to benefit from improved… Read more »

Williams Advanced Engineering and Airbus collaborate on high-altitude electric drone

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate ultra-lightweight materials, battery technologies and electrical cell chemistries into Airbus’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) program. Zephyr is a solar-powered unmanned aerial system, or drone, that will fly at more than 65,000 feet – above commercial air traffic – for… Read more »

Airbus and Siemens collaborate on hybrid electric propulsion systems for aircraft

Airbus Group and Siemens have launched a joint project to explore the electrification of aviation. The goal is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of various hybrid/electric aircraft propulsion systems by 2020. The two giant companies plan to develop prototypes for propulsion systems with power classes ranging from a few hundred kilowatts up to 10 or… Read more »

Sion Power to provide lithium-sulfur batteries for Airbus high-altitude aircraft

Sion Power Corporation has signed a three-year agreement to supply its proprietary lithium-sulfur batteries for use in Airbus Defence and Space’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) aircraft. The HAPS is an aircraft that stays aloft for long periods of time, allowing it to perform many of the functions of a satellite, but more flexibly and… Read more »

Airbus to produce electric aircraft, envisions hybrid regional airliner

The sky’s the limit for electrified transportation. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has a vision of a hybrid 80-90-seat regional airliner that would have high-density energy storage in the wings, and a kerosene or biofuel generator to quickly recharge the batteries on the ground or in flight. An electric-powered turboprop airliner could be operated at a… Read more »