Partnership to develop zero-emission aviation technology

Stirling Dynamics, part of engineering, technology and consultancy provider Expleo, has announced a partnership with Hanwha Aerospace, to develop new technology that will help power the future of zero-emission aviation.

The companies are working on a core component for Vertical’s VX4 – an electric ‘air taxi’ with a 100-mile range, that is set to revolutionise the aviation industry as the first commercial aircraft to achieve a zero-carbon footprint.

Stirling Dynamics and Hanwha Aerospace are designing and manufacturing the electro-mechanical actuator (EMA) for the VX4, a key component in the vehicle’s ability to hover, take-off and land vertically, which is central to operating in urban areas.

The advanced EMA solution, currently in development, removes the need for hydraulic or pneumatic systems, helping to optimise the VX4’s performance by reducing weight, increasing efficiency.

A multi-million pound investment over a number of years will see Stirling Dynamics lead on designing the EMA, with Hanwha Aerospace providing manufacturing expertise and capability.

Stirling Dynamics and Hanwha Aerospace have worked together since 2016, and recently signed a strategic alliance agreement in 2022, in support of their EMA work together.

The relationship is a winning combination to support Vertical Aerospace with a highly cost-effective solution to EMA development, while Vertical design and assemble the overall aircraft.

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