Safran, Urban Aeronautics sign MoU
Safran Helicopter Engines and Urban Aeronautics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to study market opportunities and address power system solutions to support the develop of a new platform family of internal rotor aircraft, it was announced on 21 September.
Urban Aeronautics' Cormorant (formerly AirMule) UAV demonstrator is currently powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 1D engine driving two ducted fans. The companies will discuss new developments involving more powerful engines for the system.
Under the MoU, Safran and Urban Aeronautics will conduct pre-series and production phases of new full-scale vertical-lift manned or unmanned vehicles, with a focus on systems for use in urban environments in the transport, medevac and air-taxi roles.
Rafi Yoeli, founder and chief executive officer of Urban Aeronautics, said: ‘Partnering with a major aerospace company like Safran will bring valuable expertise and help Urban Aeronautics move from the prototype to the production phase.’