26 April 2024

magniX Achieves Milestone in NASA Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration Program

  • magniX has successfully completed first phase of testing at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) facility
  • Testing successfully demonstrated the magni650 electric engine’s exceptional capabilities at altitudes of up to 27,500 feet
  • Phase focused on high voltage (800V) operations and thermal performance of a magni650 at altitude conditions

Everett, WA, U.S., - April 26, 2024 - magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, today announced that it has successfully completed the first phase of testing at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The testing focused on high voltage (800V) operations and thermal performance. The results confirmed the magni650 electric engine’s exceptional capabilities at altitudes of up to 27,500 feet.

Accelerating the Electric Revolution

The testing is being carried out as part of NASA’s Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) program. NASA awarded magniX a US$ 74.3m contract in 2021 as a partner for the EPFD, which is aimed at accelerating the Entry into Service of electric aviation.


Under the program, magniX will retrofit an Air Tindi De Havilland Dash 7 with a magniX electric powertrain. The Preliminary Design Review (PDR) to establish the baseline design for the flight demonstration and retrofit of the Dash 7 was completed in February 2024.


The next phase of testing at the NEAT facility will begin in June and focus on expanding the operating envelope for altitude, power and temperature. It will further the understanding of the industry-leading performance and reliability of magniX’s electric powertrain in all conditions it would encounter in flight.


“It is exciting to see how brilliantly our magni650 engine performed in this first phase of testing at the NEAT facility,” said Ben Loxton, Vice-President of NASA EPFD Program at magniX. “The NEAT test campaign is a cornerstone of the NASA EPFD program and achieving success under conditions up to 27,500 feet is a significant milestone. Results such as this, and our recent Letter of Intent from Harbour Air for 50 of our magni650 engines, are major steps on our path to leading the electrification of regional aircraft.”


About magniX

Headquartered in Everett, Washington State, U.S., magniX is leading an era of sustainable aviation. magniX has developed a family of electric propulsion units (EPUs) and energy storage systems (ESS) for commercial aviation. With the industry’s highest energy density batteries and unparalleled EPU performance, magniX is leading the aviation industry into a sustainable future. magniX is a subsidiary of the Clermont Group, an international conglomerate headquartered in Singapore. For further information, please visit www.magnix.aero.

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