magniX unveils two aircraft electric propulsion units
IFA Comment: The future of airworthiness is going to require increasing knowledge of electrical and electronic control systems.
by Eric Brothers June 22, 2021
magniX has officially unveiled the magni350 and magni650 electric propulsion units (EPUs), the latest advancements of the company’s electric flight motors. Based on thousands of ground test and flight hours, the EPUs have been optimized for real-world commercial aviation applications to further accelerate the path to certification for electric aircraft and bring the future of electric aviation closer to reality.
During the past few years, magniX has been powering commercial-grade electric aircraft such as the eBeaver and the eCaravan. Using key learnings from these ongoing flights and robust ground testing, magniX has introduced a series of enhanced features to enable a more simplified, reliable, and convenient adoption of all-electric power.
The 450shp (350kW/1,600N•m)-class magni350 EPU and the larger 850shp (650kW/3,200N•m)-class magni650 EPU share flight-proven solutions and common-core architecture. Both use the new high-performance magniDrive-100, a 170kW inverter/motor controller power electronics unit.
Operating at 2,300rpm or less, the direct-drive EPUs are liquid cooled and designed for 30,000ft altitude in unpressurized environments. Both systems can drive a propeller governor and standard aircraft accessories, all from the front cone of each motor.
“Based on real-world design, build, and operational testing, we’re making incredible strides to push the aviation industry forward and accelerate the rate at which aircraft become electric,” said magniX CEO Roei Ganzarski. “The magni350 and magni650 EPUs enable affordable, emission-free, and quieter flights to communities around the world in the very near future.”
Headquartered in Everett, Washington, magniX offers a range of electric propulsion solutions, including motors and power electronics.