Crane Aerospace & Electronics to work with BAE Systems on power electronics for Jaunt Air Mobility’s eVTOL aircraft

Crane Aero­space & Elec­tron­ics will col­lab­o­rate with BAE Sys­tems to pro­vide spe­cif­ic exper­tise on the pow­er man­age­ment sys­tems for Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty’s eVTOL air­craft.

Work­ing with BAE Sys­tems and Jaunt, the com­pa­ny will con­duct a series of stud­ies to explore exact pow­er needs to deter­mine an opti­mum pow­er elec­tron­ics solu­tion for Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty’s devel­op­ing Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty plat­form, which includes its Jaunt Jour­ney.

Ehtisham Sid­diqui, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Con­trols and Avion­ics Solu­tions at BAE Sys­tems, said: “BAE Sys­tems is excit­ed to work with Crane A&E to devel­op pow­er man­age­ment sys­tems for Jaunt’s AAM plat­form. This strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion will lever­age the exper­tise and knowl­edge of both indus­try-lead­ing com­pa­nies to advance ener­gy man­age­ment solu­tions for this emerg­ing mar­ket.”

Jaun­t’s Reduced rotor Oper­at­ing Speed Air­craft (ROSA) pro­vides a num­ber of advan­tages. The com­bi­na­tion of an elec­tric motor with a large main rotor, and the absence of a tail rotor, offer an ultra-qui­et air­craft on the ground as well as in the cab­in.

The patent­ed tilt­ing mast allows for Lev­elFlyTM at all times; pro­vid­ing a smooth, com­fort­able ride as well as indis­crim­i­nate pas­sen­ger and pack­age load­ing. Jaunt added that its demon­stra­tors have achieved more than 350 hours of flight time and com­plet­ed 1,000 take-off and land­ings.

“Work­ing with BAE Sys­tems, we under­stand the val­ue that Crane A&E offers. Pow­er man­age­ment is one of the vital trans­for­ma­tive chal­lenges for enabling AAM. These two organ­i­sa­tions bring a lev­el of avi­a­tion exper­tise unpar­al­leled in the indus­try,” added Mar­tin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt. 

Hilary King, Vice Pres­i­dent & Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Sens­ing & Pow­er Solu­tions at Crane Aero­space & Elec­tron­ics, said: “Crane A&E is invest­ing in pow­er man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies that sup­port the trans­for­ma­tion to car­bon-neu­tral air trav­el. We are extreme­ly pleased to col­lab­o­rate with BAE Sys­tems and Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty in advanc­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of air mobil­i­ty.”

Crane A&E has more than 60 years of expe­ri­ence deliv­er­ing pre­mier pow­er con­ver­sion, dis­tri­b­u­tion, motor con­trols, ener­gy man­age­ment, and advanced pack­ag­ing solu­tions to a robust base of aero­space and defense cus­tomers.

Its enabling tech­nol­o­gy accel­er­ates the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of air, land, and sea vehi­cle sys­tems and, through tech­nol­o­gy advance­ments, pro­vides high­er pow­er in small­er and more effi­cient prod­ucts.

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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