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Maiden flight of Elektra Coach – sUAS Information


On 29 June 2022, a two-seater electrical ultralight plane Elektra Coach from Elektra Photo voltaic GmbH (a spin-off of the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics) took off for its maiden flight at Memmingen Worldwide Airport. Electrical flying in Germany is turning into a actuality step-by-step.

The plane took off between enterprise jets and business plane in lower than 100 m silently and emission-free. After about 20 minutes of flight, take a look at pilot Uwe Nortmann landed, confirming the extraordinary traits of the plane, which even exceeded the expectations of the builders. Rising like a jet with over 8 m/s, flying in low cruising flight with solely about 10 kW of energy, with out vibrations within the cockpit and ideal stability promise the plane a terrific market future.

This plane accumulates the corporate’s many years of expertise within the growth of solar-electric plane. Elektra Coach is especially based mostly on the confirmed know-how of Elektra One, the single-seat electrical plane from Elektra Photo voltaic, which was licensed final 12 months within the German ultralight (UL) class.

Elektra Coach was designed as a really perfect plane for flight faculties and flight golf equipment. The working prices are lower than 60 EUR/hour, which is about half the price of a basic ultralight plane. This worth distinction will improve from 12 months to 12 months resulting from quickly rising gas prices.

With this plane, Elektra Photo voltaic GmbH takes into operation a cloud infrastructure for computerized system diagnostics and preventive upkeep (Digital Plane Platform). The system state knowledge of the flight are uploaded to a cloud and routinely analysed with the assistance of AI-algorithms. The errors and deviations from the traditional situation are reported to the proprietor and/or a upkeep firm. Due to this know-how, the protection of operation will probably be elevated, and the upkeep effort will probably be additional lowered.

After this maiden flight, we’ll start the certification flight assessments and are very assured of finishing the German UL certification by the top of this 12 months. We’ve got been making ready the collection manufacturing and can open the European market within the subsequent few years.

The highlights of Elektra Coach are:

  • 2.5 hours flight period and 300 km vary
  • Twin redundant electrical drive system
  • Excessive consolation (1.25 m huge cockpit for two m tall pilots)
  • Meeting time from transport trailer to able to fly: about half-hour
  • Moveable 12 kW charging station (within the baggage compartment)
  • Variable pitch propeller
  • Electrical retractable touchdown gear
  • Digital plane platform for computerized system diagnostics and preventive upkeep
  • Superb gliding properties (glide quantity over 25)

Outlook

Elektra Photo voltaic will steadily develop its electrical plane household to a 10-seater regional mobility and community-friendly (low-noise) electrical plane. We’re very assured that in lower than 10 years a 10-seater regional electrical plane from Elektra Photo voltaic with a spread of greater than 500 km will take off from Memmingen.

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