BAE & Jaunt developing electric drive for flying taxis
The British company BAE Systems and the US American Jaunt Air Mobility have agreed to cooperate in the development of energy management systems for electric flight taxis.
The agreement, which has now been signed off with a Memorandum of Understanding, will see both companies investigate product development for the future of aviation electrification. In addition to improving the energy management of electric aircraft, the companies are also hoping for a “deeper understanding of the expansion of urban traffic into the air”, according to a press release.
“Working with Jaunt Air Mobility leverages the strengths of two industry-leading companies to develop technologies for a new ecosystem,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems. Kaydon Stanzione, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility, praised BAE Systems “development and integration expertise in highly integrated controls and energy management systems.”
According to BAE Systems, the company has more than 20 years of experience in the development of electric propulsion systems, but these have been used in transit buses and ships. The experience in control and avionics of military and commercial aircraft should also help the project.
Jaunt Air Mobility, based in Sewell, New Jersey, was not founded until 2018. The startup specializes in the development of electric vertical take-off aircraft and their technologies. One of the developments is called ROSA (Reduced Rotor Operating Speed Aircraft) and was specially developed for flight mobility in the city.