Siemens released their electric propulsion technology at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, marking another entry to the electric propulsion field by the telecommunications company. The system’s claimed total output is 260 kilowatts, which is “five times more than comparable drive systems” according to Siemens’ website. The weight to provide that power is just under 50 kilograms.
Why it’s important: While Siemen’s prototype is implemented on a conventional aircraft testbed, the underlying propulsion technology could easily be applied to electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The continual advancement of the electric propulsion industry is a trend that will allow for quieter and more efficient operation of aerospace technologies.
Other companies (such as Dufour Aerospace) are exploring the same design space. Read our article on Dufour here.