BAE Systems to create Supernal’s eVTOL flight control platforms
Automotive giant Hyundai’s unit dedicated to developing next-generation advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft, Supernal, has turned to aerospace company BAE Systems to create and produce the flight control tech for its future electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis.
Supernal announced the link-up this month, saying BAE Systems would conceive the computerized flight control system of its battery-powered air taxis and other eVTOL vehicles planned for AAM operation. Work on the project will begin shortly in support of Supernal’s objective to develop the aircraft with which it wants to initiate certification procedures in the US by 2024, and put into service by 2028.
Supernal said BAE Systems will take the lead in defining the architecture of a lightweight, fly-by-wire platform for its air taxis and other eVTOL craft. Fly-by-wire is a navigational tech that converts movement of the flight controllers into electronic signals that computers use…