Accelerating Electric Plane Development Through Partnerships

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The aviation industry is on the cusp of a transformative shift towards sustainability, largely driven by the burgeoning field of electric aircraft. Central to this evolution are strategic partnerships between aviation companies and research institutions. These collaborations are pivotal in overcoming technical hurdles, accelerating innovation, and paving the way for a greener future in air travel.

NASA’s new passenger craft will make ocean crossings shorter than the time it takes to watch a movie

This imaginary supersonic aircraft is just an illustration. But NASA is working with the aerospace industry's major players and key creative workshops to develop a concept for a passenger aircraft that could even enable daily commutes over the oceans / Photo: Boeing/NASA
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Imagine soaring from New York to London in less time than it takes to finish an average movie. NASA’s recent groundbreaking venture is aimed at revolutionizing transatlantic travel. They’ve embarked on the creation of a supersonic passenger jet that boasts a blistering top speed of Mach 4 (approximately 4,900 km/h). To put this in perspective, this not only doubles Concorde’s impressive Mach 2 (2,450 km/h) speed but also outpaces the famed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane that had a design speed of Mach 3.2 (3,920 km/h).

Embracing the Future with Rolls-Royce’s Revolutionary UltraFan Engine

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Just when you thought the apex of innovation had been reached, Rolls-Royce challenges the notion and takes a huge leap into the future. After fifty long years of diligent research, design tweaks, and rigorous testing, the company has unveiled an absolutely novel engine design, the UltraFan. This cutting-edge marvel operates on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), promising enhanced fuel efficiency – about 10% more than Rolls-Royce’s current crown jewel, the Trent XWB.

The Luxurious Legacy of Rolls-Royce: Soaring to New Heights in Aerospace
A Century of Excellence

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As the world faces the critical task of achieving zero carbon emissions, the aerospace industry is diligently searching for solutions. Rolls-Royce has taken a multifaceted approach, focusing on hybrid and all-electric aircraft, as well as exploring sustainable alternatives to kerosene, such as hydrogen-based fuels and their derivatives.

Turbo-generator hybrid technology for aircraft

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For aircraft, the turbo generator provides on-the-fly charging of the batteries and thus enables much greater distances to be covered. Rolls-Royce’s Hungarian division employs more than 100 engineers and one of the key areas of current development is the development of technology for sustainable aviation, represented by electric, hybrid, hydrogen and SAF fuel technologies.

Rolls-Royce Hungary develops power system for hybrid-electric aircraft

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Rolls-Royce’s Hungarian team is also involved in the development of the company’s turbo-generator technology, which consists of a new generation of small gas turbine, electric generator and energy conversion unit, mainly for hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft.