MagLev Aero, based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has announced that is has selected GE Additive’s AddWorks consultancy team to support its development of Additive Manufacturing technologies and materials for its proprietary MagLev HyperDrive aero propulsion platform. The MagLev HyperDrive reportedly applies the same fundamental principles that drive fast, quiet, high-efficiency maglev trains, but in a circular rotor; this approach has the potential to deliver less noise, a higher payload, elevated safety and a compelling industrial design for high-efficiency electric aircrafts.
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MagLev Aero’s propulsion-first business model enables its platform to be integrated into various OEMs’ aircraft concepts and eVTOLs. This allows for industrial design elements and use cases previously thought impossible with traditional rotor technology. While the first generation of eVTOLs has reportedly achieved tremendous milestones, improving the viability of Urban Air Mobility, the industry is yet to solve the issue of take-off and landing noise; this is where MagLev Aero comes into play. MagLev Aero looks to represent the next generation of electric, ultra-quiet, high-performance and safe vertical lift propulsion in order to bring clean energy flights to the forefront of the industry.
GE Additive, headquartered in West Chester, near Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the preliminary companies to be announced as supporting MagLev Aero. However, the company is reportedly also in talks with major OEMs and supported by technology investors and industry leaders who have endorsed its innovative approach, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Material Impact, Stage 1 Ventures, Grit Capital and Moai Capital.