The German engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines wants to join e.SAT GmbH from Aachen as a technology partner and shareholder. The Aachen-based company just recently presented a hybrid aircraft – the Silent Air Taxi.
A declaration of intent outlining the partnership was signed at the Paris Air Show. In concrete terms, MTU will participate in the development and production of the powertrain and acquire shares in the company for ten million euros.
“The Silent Air Taxi is a very ambitious endeavor and a promising concept for the future,” said Lars Wagner, MTU’s Chief Technology Officer. “It perfectly fits into our technology initiative on alternative propulsion systems.” The partners intend to work out the details of the participation and cooperation agreement by the end of October. The goal is to ratify it by the end of the year.
The maiden flight is scheduled for 2022 and type certification is planned for 2024. At e.SAT, developers from RWTH and Aachen University of Applied Sciences are working together. Günther Schuh, professor and head of e.GO-Mobile in Aachen, is involved in e.SAT as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to companies such as MTU Aero Engines, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the surrounding communities also support the project. The Aachen-Merzbrück airfield is to be converted into a research airfield with an adjacent industrial park at a cost of 12.7 million euros.