Posts Tagged: Boeing

Boeing partners with Kitty Hawk for electric air mobility efforts

Boeing and Kitty Hawk have entered a partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility. California-based Kitty Hawk builds electric aircraft, including Cora, a two-person air taxi, and Flyer, a vehicle for personalized flight. “Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the… Read more »

Boeing completes test flight of autonomous electric passenger aircraft

Boeing has completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. The PAV prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the flight, which tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems. Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight as well as the transition phase between vertical… Read more »

Boeing orders space-qualified Li-ion cells from GS Yuasa Lithium Power

Boeing has placed an order with GS Yuasa Lithium Power for LSE190 lithium-ion cells, which will be used to power two ViaSat-3 geostationary communications satellites. Each satellite will provide one terabit per second of throughput. The LSE190 cell is specifically engineered to support these kinds of high-power duty cycles, and to achieve a 15-year mission… Read more »

NTSB issues safety recommendations for aircraft lithium-ion batteries

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has directed several recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), derived from the agency’s ongoing investigation of the January fire that occurred in a Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery. Investigators found that the battery involved in the Boston fire event showed evidence not just of an internal thermal runaway but… Read more »

Pratt & Whitney exec: Electric aircraft would require technological miracles

A Pratt & Whitney executive has explained something that even the most fanatical e-vangelist can see: full-size commercial airliners are not likely to become EVs any time soon. In a question-and-answer session with reporters this week, Alan Epstein, P&W’s VP of Technology and Environment, said that the company has investigated electric aircraft and determined that… Read more »

Mouse Tesla offers to remove thorn from Lion Boeing’s paw

Elon Musk, the entrepreneurial force behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX, who surely knows a thing or two about lithium-ion batteries, has offered unspecified aid to aviation giant Boeing, whose flagship 787 Dreamliner remains grounded after a pair of battery-related incidents.  “Desire to help Boeing is real & am corresponding w 787 chief engineer,” Musk tweeted… Read more »