MagLev Aero, an aerospace company which says it has more than 20 issued patents underpinning a breakthrough propulsion platform that will enable the next generation of ultraquiet electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – is announcing it has selected GE Additive’s AddWorksTM consultancy team to support the development of additive technologies and materials for its proprietary MagLev HyperDrive™ aero propulsion platform.
With this engineering approach, MagLev Aero says it is “solving critical challenges in urban eVTOL business models, practicality and deployment. The unique MagLev HyperDrive™ applies the same fundamental principles that drive ultrafast, ultraquiet, high-efficiency maglev trains, but in a circular rotor. This approach has the potential to deliver less noise, more payload, elevated safety and compelling industrial design for high-efficiency electric aircraft.
“MagLev Aero’s propulsion-first business model allows its platform to be integrated into different OEMs’ aircraft concepts and eVTOLs, enabling industrial design elements and use cases previously thought impossible with traditional rotor technology. The first generation of eVTOLs has achieved tremendous milestones, improving the viability of Urban Air Mobility. But the industry, to this point, has yet to solve the critical, real-world challenge of take-off and landing noise. MagLev Aero represents the next generation of electric, ultraquiet, high-performance and safe vertical lift propulsion that’s necessary to bring clean energy flights to everyday people.
“GE Additive is one of the first companies to be publicly announced as supporting MagLev Aero, driving the potential of additive manufacturing to unlock a new generation of eVTOL aircraft designs that achieve ultra-low noise operation – not just in high-altitude cruise, but more importantly, in take-offs and landings to achieve community acceptance from the general public, as well as widespread accessibility.”
The company says it is actively in talks with major OEMs and is supported by technology investors and industry leaders who have endorsed its innovative approach, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Material Impact, Stage 1 Ventures, Grit Capital and Moai Capital, among others.
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