Fly-by-Wire System for eVTOL Vehicles Will Enable Safe, Efficient, Flight
BAE Systems and Supernal announced an agreement to design and develop the flight control computer for Supernal’s electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle. In support of Supernal, BAE Systems will help define the architecture of a lightweight, fly-by-wire system for its autonomous-capable aircraft. The fly-by-wire controls will safely and efficiently control the aircraft during flight.
“The development of advanced, high-integrity controls is crucial to meet the demands of electric aircraft,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems. “BAE Systems is harnessing its investment in electrification and expertise in flight-critical systems to advance sustainable aviation. We look forward to working with Supernal to make this shared vision a reality.”
This next-generation system will be a compact solution that addresses the processing requirements and potential autonomy needs of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles. It will also have the flexibility to meet the unique integration challenges of electric air taxis, as well as large regional electric aircraft. The program will leverage more than 40 years of BAE Systems’ expertise in designing and certifying flight-critical fly-by-wire systems for commercial and military aircraft, including vertical takeoff platforms. Work on the flight control system will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, New York.
Supernal is a U.S.-based advanced air mobility company, developing a commercially viable eVTOL vehicle to the highest commercial aviation standards and working to responsibly co-create the supporting ecosystem and integrate it with existing transit options. As part of Hyundai Motor Group, Supernal is both a new business and an established company, with plans to harness its automotive heritage to revolutionize air travel and make advanced air mobility accessible to the masses.