e-Power

X-Division Spreads Helix e-Propulsion to More Markets & OEMs 

Designers of high-performance products for e-mobility are getting to know the Helix brand, launched in 2022 to spread the electric propulsion technology of Integral Powertrain Ltd of the UK to more automotive and motorcycle OEMs while also positioning into aviation, marine and aerospace markets. From its roots in designing propulsion systems for motorsports, Helix has emerged as an established series manufacturer of the power-dense motors, inverters and e-powertrains that it develops. 

Its hallmark Scaleable Core Technology (SCT) platform has three product levels — stock, configured and custom. But its X-Division, focused on developmental projects in automotive, motorsport, aerospace and marine applications, leads the push into new electric powertrain designs. In two recent projects, Helix has designed a direct drive scaleable aerospace electric propulsion demonstrator and developed a revolutionary 650kW continuous output low-inductance motor for a new hypercar project. Both are based upon the company’s core technology in radial-flux motor topology and specialized inverters. […]

e-Power

Sikorsky Looks to Future Family of VTOL Aircraft  

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, unveiled on February 27 its plan to build, test and fly a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing demonstrator (HEX / VTOL) with a tilt-wing configuration. The design is the first in a series of large, next generation VTOL aircraft that range from more traditional helicopters to winged configurations. They will feature varying degrees of electrification and an advanced autonomy system for optionally piloted flight.  […]

e-Power

Deep-Space Mission to Distant Asteroid Involves Cutting-Edge Magnetic Technologies 

NASA’s deep-space mission to the Psyche asteroid involves a variety of cutting-edge magnetic technologies for precision measurement as well as electrified propulsion. The Psyche spacecraft includes many unavoidable magnetic field sources, which must be accounted for to measure the magnetic field signature of the metal-rich asteroid. It won’t be long now … hold on until 2029 when it reaches orbit at the distant target.  […]

e-Power

Military Drone Deploys Hefty Payload at NATO Exercise 

BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics recently demonstrated the capabilities of their electric-power heavy-lift drone during a large NATO exercise in Portugal to integrate the latest maritime technologies across allied forces. Powered by multiple permanent-magnet electric-motor propulsion systems, the T-600 uncrewed air system (UAS) is a demonstrator aircraft that is capable of vertical take-off and landing, can carry a payload of 200kg and can travel at up to 140km/h.  […]

Electromagnetics

SmallSat Thrusters Highlight e-Propulsion Technology at SpaceTech Expo-Europe 

Always a showcase for cutting-edge technology in aerospace progress, SpaceTech Expo-Europe will have an assortment of e-propulsion solutions on display when it opens in Bremen, Germany on November 14. Advancements in propulsion using Hall-effect thrusters for microsatellites, along with space-grade instrumentation, cryogenic, superconductivity and vacuum technology will be among the solutions exhibited. ExoTerra, Enpulsion and Thermocoax are among the companies involved in Hall-effect thrusters. Other exhibitors highlighted in this report are Bartington Instruments, Stirling Cryogenics and Pfeiffer Vacuum. Webcom Communications, the publisher of New Power Technology, is a long-time media partner of the event. […]

e-Power

Lilium Raises $292 Million for Breakthrough eVTOL Jet Powered by Innovative Electric Motors 

Lilium NV, developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet, announced that it has successfully arranged a capital raise for a total amount of $192 million, bringing its total raise for the year to nearly $300 million. Innovative electric motors power the craft, and Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF is one of the German aircraft company’s key suppliers.  […]