Airbus is looking to a century-old technology to provide solutions for large-scale electrification of flight. Superconductivity, first identified in 1911, reduces resistance in electrical systems, and could be the answer to getting large planes off the ground and flying long distances powered only by electricity. The project, ASCEND, which stands for Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator, is part of the Airbus UpNext initiative.
Does superconductivity hold the solution to electric flight?
Airbus is looking to make a major breakthrough in electric propulsion for long-range aircraft as part of its UpNext project. UpNext seeks to focus on upcoming flying technologies, evaluating, maturing and validating new products and services that will change the way we fly in the future.
Part of this project is about decarbonization and has already begun developing initiatives such as the MAVERIC blended wing body aircraft and the fello’fly wake retrieval experiments. Now, Airbus has revealed a new demonstrator it is calling ASCEND, which stands for Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator.
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