Jaunt Air Mobility has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), to develop Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) solutions for the development of electric aircraft for large scale production and fleet management.  

The AFRL leads the discovery, development, and delivery of warfighting technologies for the country’s air, space, and cyberspace forces. The contract is to develop a commercial XFC solution that integrates XFC power electronics, battery cooling, and smart communications with the vehicle and battery system to support both on-vehicle charging and depot-level charging needs.

Jaunt Air Mobility will be working with BAE Systems and Binghamton University in the state of New York.

Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility, said: “The advent of electric aviation creates a need for the development of extreme fast charging solutions to enable the next generation of electric aviation.

“As an OEM in the design and development of eVTOL aircraft, we are pleased to be working with BAE Systems and Binghamton University on this effort. No standardised aerospace charger solutions are widely available.”

As the platform provider, Jaunt Air Mobility provides the platform and fleet requirements while leveraging BAE Systems’ experience in integrating and fielding over 14,000 high-power, high-voltage battery systems and power electronics solutions to commercialise the XFC solution.

The solution also leverages Binghamton University’s XFC research in high-power, high-voltage charging solutions with advancements to support the broad range of platform voltage, security, and safety requirements for aviation.

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialisation.

Through a competitive awards-based program, STTR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialisation.

Central to the STTR program is the partnership between small businesses and non-profit research institutions. STTR is to bridge the gap between basic science and the commercialisation of resulting innovations.

Jaunt Air Mobility is currently developing its Jaunt Journey eVTOL aircraft which uses ROSATM technology. Described as a Reduced Operating Speed Aircraft, it combines the performance of an airplane with the vertical take-off and landing efficiency of a helicopter. Jaunt has said that its aircraft is also 100 times quieter than conventional helicopters.

It’s projected roadmap will begin with first pre-production flights in 2023, which will also be the year the company starts its certification process. Low-rate production will then commence in 2025, with full-rate production starting a year later – and at the same time certification will be complete.