Hanwha Aerospace based in Seoul, Korea and Vertical Aerospace, U.K.-headquartered urban air mobility (UAM) pioneering zero-emissions aviation, have formed a partnership to jointly develop electromechanical actuators (EMAs)¹ for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
In a recent press release the companies said “Hanwha Aerospace’s long-established aerospace technology and flight-critical actuator systems expertise along with Vertical Aerospace’s zero-emissions aviation technology will further strengthen the companies’ strategic partnerships in future UAM business. Through this partnership, Hanwha Aerospace intends to build a joint development program to design, produce, test, and supply EMAs for Vertical Aerospace’s four-passenger eVTOL aircraft, the VX4. Vertical Aerospace aims to commercialize the VX4 by 2025 and has already secured more than 1,400 pre-orders from global aviation companies.
“EMAs manufactured using Hanwha’s electric actuator solutions will manage the tilt and pitch control for the four forward propellers, as well as aerodynamic control surface actuation on the wing and V-tail. The EMAs will also play a vital role for Vertical Aerospace in meeting the stringent airworthiness certification standards required for eVTOL aircraft.”
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