Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) is a key element of all eVTOL aircraft. The native power sources in a DEP can be as simple as a single battery or as complex as a hybrid system made up of gas combustion engines, electric generators, fuel cells, and energy storage devices. Glenair manufactures a broad range of lightweight, rugged, aviation-grade power connectors and power feeder systems with proven commercial aerospace flight heritage. Our family of eVTOL air taxi interconnect solutions also includes high-density, small form-factor connectors for avionic systems, flight deck controls, actuators, and sensors. EWIS interconnect hardware for Urban Air Mobility includes lightweight composite thermoplastic backshells, EMC braided shielding, and lightning strike grounding systems.
Industry experts agree a market exists in high-density urban settings made up of individuals who will pay for fast air trips to popular destinations, rather than slog it out on congested city streets. This has every major aircraft manufacturer—as well as countless other entrepreneurs—actively engaged in eVTOL air taxi research and development.
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Glenair's history of interconnect innovation for manned space applications began with our design and fabrication role in the realization of the golden umbilical life-support cable used by Commander Ed White in the first American Gemini Program space walk in 1965.
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eVTOL Air Taxi Interconnect Solutions - Signature Interconnect Technology for Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Including Connectors for Distributed Power Propulsion Systems, Avionics, Actuators, and Sensors.
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