Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies to the global aerospace, defense and other critical industries, today announced that it has been selected by Lilium NV to design, develop and build the distribution system for electrical energy from the Lilium Jet.
Power distribution units play a vital role in Lilium Jet’s innovative power management system. Astronics will be responsible for Secondary Power Distribution Units (SPDUs) and Load Power Distribution Units (CPDUs).
The Lilium Jets will each be equipped with two SPDUs and one CPDU. SPDUs are responsible for converting high voltage (1000 VDC) to low voltage (28 VDC) and low voltage distribution and protection. Compact and lightweight, SPDUs provide reliable battery power to critical aircraft systems including flight controls, avionics, navigation, communication, sensors, internal and external lights, and passenger comfort .
The CPDU manages the battery charging operation, as well as providing additional and dissimilar sources for high voltage to low voltage power conversion and low voltage power distribution, which minimizes cause failure modes common between the CPDU and the SPDU. It also provides an additional layer of aircraft safety by monitoring insulation and detecting and reporting short circuit hazards throughout the system.
Jon Neal, President of Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems, said, “Astronics is delighted to announce Lilium as a launch customer for our CorePower® high voltage products for the More Electric Aircraft and eVTOL platforms. This partnership demonstrates the flexibility of our products and our close collaboration with our customers. Astronics is excited to join Lilium in being part of aviation’s evolution towards cleaner, more sustainable and accessible modes of transportation.
Martin Schuebel, Senior Vice President Procurement at Lilium, said: “Astronics is our ideal partner for this very important component of our aircraft. We intend to collaborate with the best aerospace suppliers and leverage their expertise. Astronics’ expertise is unique and their collaborative approach makes them a perfect partner for us. The partnership will also help pave the way for the industrial ramp-up to come. »
The supplier agreement follows more than a year of collaborative work between the two companies and marks a new key stage in the industrialization of the Lilium Jet.
Astronics is a leading tier-one aerospace supplier in its field, providing innovative power, lighting and connectivity solutions for aircraft, including major commercial aircraft OEMs. Astronics also offers comprehensive design, integration and certification services. The company leads many industry task forces in its field and is a leader in aviation high voltage power distribution.
About Astronics Corporation
Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries with proven and innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with its customers, integrating its range of power, connectivity, lighting, fabrics, interiors and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For more than 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global aircraft manufacturers, airlines, armed forces, completion centers and Fortune 500 companies rely on Astronics’ spirit of collaboration and innovation. The Company’s strategy is to increase its value by developing technologies and capabilities that provide innovative solutions to its target markets.
Lilium (NASDAQ: LILM) creates a sustainable and accessible high-speed regional mode of transportation for people and goods. Using the Lilium Jet, an all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet, offering peak capacity, low noise and high performance with zero operating emissions, Lilium is accelerating the decarbonization of air travel. Working with aerospace, technology and infrastructure leaders, and with planned launch networks announced in Germany, the United States and Brazil, Lilium’s team of more than 800 people includes approximately 450 engineers in aerospace and a leadership team responsible for delivering some of the most successful aircraft in aviation history. Founded in 2015, Lilium’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Munich, Germany, with teams based in Europe and the United States.
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