If battery power can be kept to a minimum, parallel hybrid-electric propulsion could provide significant fuel savings over short airline flights.
Multifan design could boost boundary-layer ingestion performance of otherwise conventionally configured electric-powered airliners.
Britten-Norman’s Islander, widely used for short flights in remote areas, is set to get an electric-propulsion makeover.
BAE Systems’ U.S. arm applies experience powering hybrid-electric transit buses to developing products and systems for electrified aircraft.
The target market is freighter or passenger aircraft of the 2030s, and the engine is big enough for a 100-seater.
Polish aerospace cluster looking to attract more startups and R&D.
Poland has designed and produced thousands of indigenous-developed aircraft, could it do the same again?
Advances in aerospace vehicles almost always follow advances in propulsion. And propulsion technology continues to advance, creating new opportunities. So what is in store for the future? Attending the AIAA Propulsion & Energy conference in Indianapolis, senior editor Guy Norris and technology editor Graham Warwick discuss possibilities raging from nuclear rockets to electric aircraft.
With much hypersonic defense work focused on boosted glide vehicles, a U.S. Air Force scramjet test shows air-breathing technology is quickly closing the gap.
Design from the ground up around battery-electric propulsion drove the unconventional appearance of Eviation’s Alice.