Honeywell developing 1MW turbo-generator for air-taxi segment

March 10, 2021
News of the project comes as Honeywell works with British start-up Faradair Aerospace to develop a turbo-generator for Faradair’s in-development Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA), Jon Hemmerdinger reports for

PHOENIX - Honeywell later this year plans to demonstrate a new, more-powerful turbo-generator designed for use on air taxis, cargo drones and hybrid-electric commercial aircraft. Continue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

March 10, 2021 -“There is an inherent need for electric and hybrid-electric power as the urban air mobility segment takes shape and unmanned aerial vehicles enter service,” said Stephane Fymat, vice president and general manager for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Urban Air Mobility at Honeywell Aerospace. “Our turbogenerators provide a safe, lightweight package to serve these burgeoning segments, and we’re designing our solutions to meet the unique needs of customers developing aerial vehicles of the future.”

Traditionally, aircraft use fuel-burning engines to mechanically turn rotors, propellers or fans. Many new designs, however, use a distributed electric propulsion architecture, in which many electric motors can be tilted or turned off for vertical takeoff and horizontal flight. A Honeywell turbogenerator can provide electric power for multiple electric motors anywhere on an aircraft.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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