A flying 1:6 scale test prototype is currently in development. Full-scale prototype design 40% complete. Detailed integration of hybrid electric power system ongoing. Supply chain for components being established.
The Plan: A Full-Scale Flying Prototype in 2 Years
Within 2 years, the X5 prototype will be flying and making history. Using intelligent design principles to reduce technical risk, as well as integrating sub-systems already extensively tested, the X5 project is on track.
With advances in both electric motor and battery technology, available power densities are now unlocking the future for a cleaner aerospace industry. The Horizon Team understands the benefits of such technology and is uniquely positioned to take advantage ahead of the competition.
ADVANCED BATTERY AND ELECTRIC MOTOR DESIGNS UNLOCKING A CLEANER FUTURE FOR AVIATION
BATTERY TECHNOLOGY FOR AEROSPACE IS HERE
It has long been battery technology that has limited practical designs in both the automotive and aerospace industry. Simply put, traditional power densities required huge batteries for even short duration applications. However, recent advancements in Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Sulfur battery commercialization have raised power densities to the point of being practically usable for aircraft design applications, albeit only when coupled to a hybrid power system. Batteries with 300 Wh/kg are now being commercially produced with promises of 30% power density increase year-over-year.
ELECTRIC MOTOR TECHNOLOGY TO MATCH
In lockstep with battery development, electric motors have also recently made significant progress. Compact axial flux electric motors with over 5 kW/kg are now being produced with peak operating efficiency above 96%. That means peak power of over 700 horsepower in a system that weighs less than 220 lbs. With some optimized for operation at rpm ranges ideal for aviation, this key piece of technology now paves the way for intelligent hybrid-electric aircraft design.