BAE Systems will provide GE Aviation with Energy Management Systems for NASA’s Hybrid Electric Aircraft Technology Demonstrator
As part of the NASA research project, BAE Systems will design, test and supply energy management components for electric aircraft in the megawatt power class.
NASA’s Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project aims to progress hybrid electric flight technology for commercial aviation. The project includes ground and flight-test demonstrations to be conducted over the next five years.
According to Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems, the company is harnessing its expertise in energy management systems and flight critical controls to support the development of electric propulsion systems for the future of flight.
In addition to energy storage, BAE Systems will provide the high-integrity controls and cables for the demonstrator’s power management system, which will be tested on CT7-9B turboprop engines. The company will also use its expertise in aircraft electrification and in flight-critical systems to provide guidance for electric flight certification requirements.
“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with BAE Systems on this demonstrator to advance energy storage systems at altitude,” said Mohamed Ali, vice president and general manager of engineering for GE Aviation.
“Energy management is an important component of our research programme towards a more electric future of aviation with reduced carbon emissions and less reliance on fossil-based jet fuels,” he concludes.