The focal point of our endeavour to deliver electric and hybrid aircraft propulsion technologies will open in 2018, with the E-Aircraft System House in Ottobrunn, Germany.
Situated within the research facility that has already developed advanced space propulsion systems, solar cells for satellite sub-systems, the site will be used to develop and test prototype technologies. It will also house our 3D Printing Centre where highly specialised materials will be developed for use in electrified and hybrid aircraft.
In addition, E-Aircraft System House will host key partnerships to deliver these crucial innovations fast. In collaboration with Siemens, we are focussing on propulsion systems in 3 general power categories:
- Several hundred kilowatts, for applications such as helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles;
- Up to 2 megawatts, typically applicable to intra-urban air vehicles (such as Vahana – going into demonstrator in 2017);
- 10 to 20 megawatts for regional passenger aircraft (starting from the E Fan family)
Taking our current joint development roadmap, we expect a 50-100 seat aircraft fitted with a hybrid electric system to fly over a distance of 1,000 to become a reality by 2035.
We’re committed to bring together the best and brightest minds from wherever you are in the world, and wherever you work, to help build the future of flight.