magniX is delighted to have successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) stage of the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project with NASA. The milestone was marked by a ceremony at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on 1 February attended by members of magniX and NASA.
The completion of the PDR has now established the baseline design for the retrofit of an Air Tindi De Havilland Dash 7 with a magniX electric powertrain.
The EPFD program was established to support the introduction of fully electric and hybrid electric aircraft into commercial fleets by the end of the decade. magniX has been working on the project since 2021 when it was awarded a US$ 74.3m contract by NASA.
The company is leading the retrofitting of the Dash 7, a four-engine turboprop regional aircraft, with two magni650 electric propulsion units (EPUs) powered by a large battery energy storage system (ESS). This will create a hybrid-electric regional aircraft. On a 200-mile mission, a typical regional flight in the U.S., a hybrid aircraft would yield a fuel saving of up to 40%.
The completion of the PDR is the latest milestone in the program. In October 2023, magniX delivered a magni650 EPU to the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT), part of the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio. At the NEAT facility, magniX technology will be tested at simulated altitudes of 25,000-30,000 feet. The same week, the Dash 7 arrived in Moses Lake, Washington State, in preparation for retrofitting.
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