Matheu Parr: Speaking at the Helitech Expo

Matheu Parr

Customer Service Director  -  Rolls Royce Electrical

Pioneering electrical power and propulsion for advanced air mobility

Rolls-Royce is focused on the opportunities that the transition to Net Zero offers and we are aiming to become the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid-electric power and propulsion systems for the Advanced Air Mobility Market (AAM). In 2021 alone we have proven our technology through demonstrator programmes such as the Spirit of Innovation, the world fastest all-electric aircraft which was propelled on its record-breaking runs by a 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain and the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace. In the same year we have also been working alongside airframer Tecnam and manufacturer Rotax, to complete the flight-testing of a hybrid-electric aircraft, powered by a parallel-hybrid propulsion system. This introduced advanced technology for a smaller power class and is potentially scalable to larger aircraft. Further we provided the propulsion system to Airbus for the world’s heaviest Urban Air Mobility demonstrator, which successfully completed its flight test programme in 2021. These are three demonstrations of incredible technical achievements, but crucially also provided important data and capabilities that we will be applying to products that will be powering aircraft in the near future. Find out more about how we are advancing the power and propulsion systems for AAM.

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