CT & Axter Aerospace to Obtain 100% Electric Demonstrator Aircraft

30.08.18

CT & Axter Aerospace to Obtain 100% Electric Demonstrator Aircraft

The goal is to develop a full electric propulsion platform able to compete in performance, autonomy and safety with conventional aircraft on the market. AXTER developed a hybrid propulsion system for aviation that achieved the International Quality Innovation Award in 2017.

CT and Axter Aerospace work together, in a consortium with the companies Power Smart Control, Wavenet Radio & Audio Systems, and the Carlos III University of Madrid, to obtain 100% electric demonstrator aircraft that is capable of competing in performance, autonomy and safety with conventional aircraft on the market.

To achieve the goal of this project, named Electra (Electric Aircraft Platform), the full electric propulsion platform in the aeronautical sector will display a Spanish technological base as well as it will be adaptive both for newly developed aircraft and to the replacement of fossil fuel propulsion in current aircrafts.

The technical objectives will be focused on the electric motor controller development with low weight and high efficiency, the light weight battery package development and the safe and reliable propulsion architecture.

“The project objective is to achieve a competitive range as well as a safe and reliable design to comply with aeronautical regulations. The light aviation is demanding full electric propulsion technology that will permit to reduce pollution, noise contamination and a huge reduction of airplanes operational cost. The range and the safety are key for this project”, explains Miguel Suárez, co-founder of AXTER Aerospace.

AXTER Aerospace developed a hybrid propulsion system for aviation, creating the first prototype hybrid system designed to prevent accidents caused by engine failure. This aviation propulsion technology improves aviation safety by providing 20 minutes of extra flight time in the event of engine failure, increasing power by 40 HP, reducing aircraft maintenance and operating costs, and reducing CO2 emissions and noise pollution. The aim is to prevent accidents caused by engine failure while an aircraft is in flight. The system has extra take-off performance and is able to operate relying solely on its electrical power source in the event of engine failure. In 2017 AXTER Aerospace won the International Quality Innovation Award 2017 in the business innovation category (Micro-enterprises & Start-ups).

Electra R&D project has been supported with funds by the Science, Innovation and University Ministry within the Retos-Colaboración 2017 program.

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