L3Harris Technologies’ report that their extra light data recorder (xLDR) has been selected by Lilium for its all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet.
In a press release the company reports “The new L3Harris xLDR is a lighter version of the light data recorder currently fielded in 15 aircraft models by over ten airframe manufacturers. The xLDR meets global aviation mandates and recommendations for recorders on smaller fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, including UAM platforms. Given the size and weight constraints of eVTOL markets, the xLDR weight of 2.43lbs (1.1kg) and ability for storing large amounts of audio and flight data into a secure crash-protected memory module for incident and accident investigations, make it the ideal solution for this new market.
“Aviation safety agencies worldwide are mandating improvements to enable critical flight information to be retrieved and to thereby prevent future incidences and enhance safety. The xLDR exceeds the EASA mandated ED-155 survivability requirements for lightweight fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft, with several other agencies considering similar actions. The production version of the xLDR is scheduled to be released in 2023.”
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