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Low-noise small plane to relieve main traffic carriers and shorten individual travel time
Paris, 17 June 2019 – Hybrid, safe and practically noiseless: These are the attributes of an innovative small aircraft, dubbed Silent Air Taxi, e.SAT GmbH, a company based in Aachen, Germany, plans to bring to the market. The new air taxi, which is capable of carrying five passengers, was presented to the public for the first time last week. Today, the project has reached the next milestone: On the first day of this year’s International Paris Air Show, e.SAT GmbH and MTU Aero Engines signed a letter of intent (LoI). The parties agreed that Germany’s leading engine manufacturer will take a stake in the development and production of the unique hybrid-electric powertrain for the new aircraft and acquire shares in the recently founded company in the amount of ten million euros.
Silent Air Taxi for five persons offers affordable stress relief for shuttle and intercity traffic
Aachen, 11 June 2019 – Four years of preparation, various patent applications, several strategic partnerships and the founding of e.SAT GmbH, a manufacturer of electro-hybrid air planes, have led to an invention that will ensure tomorrow's environmentally-friendly mobility. e.SAT GmbH, RWTH Aachen University, RWTH Aachen Campus and FH Aachen introduced their Silent Air Taxi, a futuristic model of a small plane, at an even with more than 100 invited guests from academia, industry and politics. The unique electro-hybrid drive system and the optimized airflow mechanics of the boxwing concept will allow this air taxi to offer affordable strain relief on traditional passenger transport carriers, and reduce individual travel times significantly.
“Environmentally friendly and affordable air taxis can make an important contribution to mobility in our conurbations. The Silent Air Taxi, a quiet and low-emission hybrid small aircraft, is the next innovation of alternative and climate-friendly mobility solutions 'made in North Rhine-Westphalia'. It is always impressive to see how stakeholders from academia and industry work closely together to develop concrete, everyday technologies for sustainable mobility from futuristic visions. This is how scientific excellence is translated into industrial production.”
“Projects like the Silent Air Taxi and the development of Aachen-Merzbrück into a research airfield show that North Rhine-Westphalia has all the prerequisites of being at the forefront in the creation of groundbreaking technical innovation. We support the development here in Merzbrück, as it will drive the research on electro-powered aircrafts and the options for low-noise air travel forward. In a highly populated and congested federal state like North Rhine-Westphalia, it is a step in the right direction to think of the air as a third dimension for mobility. We want to make sure that the research and development of mobility for the future will happen right here in North Rhine-Westphalia and – best case scenario – will also be manufactured and implemented here. The project allows us to contribute to the development of the Rhine Region, and to give the people living here entirely new perspectives.”
"Aachen demonstrates once again its innovation power and its successful research and development at its two universities. The Silent Air Taxi is a prime example of how pioneering projects can be developed all the way to production maturity if everyone acts in concert and focuses on the same objective."
"It is essential in our complex society to rethink and address issues of mobility and the associated infrastructure challenges. We are proud of the fact that Würselen can contribute to that development for our region and beyond."
"A new star has risen on the horizon of structural development in the Aachen metropolitan area with the development of the Silent Air Taxi at the research airfield Aachen-Merzbrück."
“I am impressed, how successfully, well-structured and quickly the project partners have developed this project so far. A great number of different competences are needed to develop such an innovative aircraft and the orchestration of the individual institutes and individuals has worked very well."
"There are a lot of discussions going on about air taxis at the moment. The research department of the DLR, the German Aerospace Center, is working intensively on the subject. The Aachen concept is very promising, as it is innovative, as well as realistic – especially in terms of certification. It can also be further developed over time in any direction."
„For MTU Aero Engines, the Silent Air Taxi is a courageous and convincing future concept with very high chances of realization. This is why we not only participate as a technology partner but also in e.SAT Powertrain GmbH.“
„EASA is committed to support the introduction of new technologies which enable increased efficiency and lower emissions and costs of air transport.
We are therefore working in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure the highest level of safety of urban air mobility, while also providing standards that enable innovation.“
“One of RWTH Aachen University's strategic objectives is to be able to develop systemic innovations that benefit society, and to pursue this objective together with its technology partners on RWTH Aachen Campus. After the delivery of the first electric cars e.GO Life was started a few weeks ago, the Silent Air Taxi is another milestone for us. It shows that interdisciplinary research and development takes place in Aachen and that the opportunity to closely link science and industry is used very well.”
"We are proud of the fact that we can work on this innovative project with such strong partners and get the opportunity to contribute to pioneering new ideas that will improve mobility in the future at airfield Aachen-Merzbrück."
"The unique hybrid drive concept will allow us to reduce flight noise to such a degree that a Silent Air Taxi will no longer be discernible from everyday background noise during take-off or when passing overhead."
"Our extraordinary boxwing concept generates superior aerodynamic efficiency, compactness and flight stability, which will allow the Silent Air Taxi to fly just like one of the big planes."
"The overarching objective of e.SAT is to provide affordable intercity and shuttle flights. A production concept similar to the electric car e.GO will significantly reduce manufacturing costs in comparison with general aviation aircraft."
"The level of automation achieved here and the simplicity of the operating concept will make flying our taxis just as easy as driving one. Autonomous flights will also be possible relatively soon with the Silent Air Taxi."
"The boxwing is a perfect concept in terms of structural mechanics. The compact shape creates high rigidity with low material input and low stresses on the structural feature."
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