Modern subsystems for CityAirbus NextGen


Eaton and Crouzet have been chosen by Airbus to supply the CityAirbus NextGen EPDS and human-machine interface, respectively. The providers’ extensive knowledge in flight deck controls and electrical power management will guarantee that the two subsystems are seamlessly incorporated into the prototype’s architecture. The two components will also have a significant impact on the vehicle’s capabilities because they are essential to the aircraft’s performance, dependability, and safety.

Eaton and Crouzet bring a unique mix of aviation expertise to our journey with CityAirbus NextGen. From full electrification to advanced ways of piloting, they are key partners in our mission to develop the features that will make our eVTOL a true game-changer for air mobility- Stefan Hedtstück, Head of UAM procurement at Airbus, said

As the company in charge of designing the electrical power distribution system for CityAirbus NextGen, Eaton has organized its teams to find the best way to transfer electricity from the eight electrical power units in CityAirbus NextGen to the batteries that Airbus built. By making up for any loss in battery performance while the eVTOL is in flight, the power distribution system makes sure it is flying safely. Eaton is designing, analyzing, and manufacturing the power distribution unit that will be fully integrated within the electrical propulsion system of the Airbus prototype by drawing on the company’s significant experience in electrification for the aviation industry.

We designed a high voltage, intelligent solution for the eVTOL’s electrical power distribution system in line with CityAirbus NextGen’s architecture- explains Tyler Ford, General Manager Engine Solutions and Electrification, at Eaton

This also holds true for Crouzet, who will install the piloting control unit in the flight deck of CityAirbus NextGen. The electromechanical and electronic components company, utilizing its extensive experience in flight deck controls, has created a brand-new human-machine interface concept that satisfies the most exacting standards for size, weight, and safety: the pilot will control the trajectory of the vehicle rather than the attitude of the aircraft. The sophisticated flight control system is then in charge of managing the actual control action on the propellers. Pilot workload is decreased as a result of the new piloting interface’s radical simplification of flying.

Airbus and Crouzet jointly designed a cutting-edge human-machine interface that allows pilots to fly CityAirbus NextGen and to control peripheral functions such as the radio and the autopilot- explains Philippe Defrance, Marketing segment leader at Crouzet

As a result, the cockpit concept chosen for CityAirbus NextGen’s cockpit is greatly enhanced by the human-machine interaction.

Electrified flight is a major milestone for this industry and a key-element of Eaton’s Aerospace strategy for the next decades. As an expert in power systems, selective coordination and power distribution, Eaton has a key role to play- emphasised Krishna Jonnalagadda, SVP and General Manager of Eaton’s Fluid and Electrical Distribution Division

In order to create a cutting-edge, creative eVTOL system that is safe, usable, and secure, Eaton has promoted the development of electrical flight via years of partnership with Airbus and by investing in base technologies including materials, processes, and controls.

SOURCE: Airbus

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