Rolls-Royce recently; He announced that he has developed an all-electric aircraft that is expected to reach a speed of more than 480km / h and thus enter the record books.
Rolls-Royce recently; It is an all-electric vehicle that is expected to reach a speed of more than 480km / h and thus enter the record books. airplane announced that it has developed. It was stated that the purpose of the ACCEL (Accelerating Electrification of Flight) program behind the “Spirit of Innovation” plane, which is planned to be a record attempt, is to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future.
In order to help achieve this, Rolls-Royce announced that it has launched a design competition for the world record initiative, where the design of the helmet to be worn by the test pilot during the test flight will be determined.
Rolls-Royce announced that it will work with Fly2Help, a charity that supports young people to communicate and instill the idea of making a career in aviation within the scope of the competition to be held.
It was stated that the competition will consist of two categories, 5-11 years old and 12-18 years old, and the designs of the winners will inspire the final design of the helmet. In addition to the opportunity for the winners to see the aircraft, Rolls-Royce test pilot and Flight Operations Director Phill O ‘Dell and it was stated that he will have the opportunity to meet the relevant engineer team.
“It will inspire a new generation of aviation pioneers”
Phill O’Dell, who is excited to meet young people, said: “The opportunity to fly our fully electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ plane, which we developed for our world record goal, will be the culmination of my and my team’s career. In addition to being included in the plan, it also creates a great opportunity to inspire a new generation of aviation pioneers. ”
Supporting young people in STEAM area
It was also emphasized that Rolls-Royce, which has been reported to support young people for a long time, attaches importance to encouraging them to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Accordingly, Rolls-Royce, which is stated to have partnerships with more than 1400 STEM Ambassadors and organizations such as Scouts and Code First Girls; In addition to this competition, it was pointed out that the ACCEL project developed downloadable materials for primary school children. If the related materials developed United Kingdom It was stated that it is compatible with the curriculum and can be downloaded free of charge from the Rolls-Royce website.
Spirit of Innovation the first and only of its kind
In addition to his views on the project, Phill O’Dell said: “The Spirit of Innovation aircraft will be the first and only of its kind, so the helmet I wear must be unique to reflect the pioneering nature of the project. I have worked with Fly2Help for many years to promote exciting career opportunities in aviation. Therefore, working with them in this competition has been very meaningful to me. ”
On the other hand, Fly2Help Manager Sharon Walters mentioned the following regarding the partnership:
“We are delighted to support ‘Design a Helmet’ competition. We believe that their all-electric world record initiative in this context provides an incredible opportunity for Fly2Help, which seeks to promote children’s future career goals, to demonstrate exciting opportunities in aviation.”
In the statements made within the scope of the ACCEL program, it was stated that electric motor and control device manufacturer YASA and aviation start-up Electroflight were the main partners. It was stated that the ACCEL team continues its innovation studies by adhering to the UK Government’s social distance and other health rules. It was announced that the semi-financing of the project was provided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in partnership with the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.
Capable of powering 250 homes
It is stated that the “Spirit of Innovation” aircraft will have the most powerful battery ever mounted on an aircraft, capable of powering 250 homes or flying 321 km (from London to Paris) on a single charge. In the statement made by the authorities, it was pointed out that the technical features required by the batteries of the ‘air taxis’ are similar to the battery developed for the “Spirit of Innovation” in order to reach record speeds.
It was announced that Rolls-Royce, which continues to develop the battery, aims to use the technology in the project in the future and to apply this technology to market products.
Source: Space Mag Turkey