SA²GE - Phase 3: PROPULSION FOR SAFE, QUIET, ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY AND EFFICIENT URBAN OPERATIONS
The main objective of the sub-project is to develop and build propulsion system prototypes in order to improve the power output and increase energy efficiency while reducing weight and external noise generated comparatively with the current ones.
The development of alternate propulsion systems will make it possible to move away from the classic helicopter configuration and to specialise vehicles according to their mission: urban taxi, parcel delivery, rescue, etc., while using the most suitable means of propulsion taking into account various environmental aspects, such as the energy consumption and the generated noise.
The work will be concentrating on three main themes:
- propulsion systems' performance and efficiency improvement;
- the reduction of noise generated by these systems;
- the overall reduction of the weight of the propulsion elements.