Airbus’s new eco friendly propulsion test facility known as the E-Aircraft System House (EAS), located in Ottobrunn, southern Bavaria—about 13 kilometres from Munich,
This €50-million investment modern test centre is about the size of ten tennis courts and provide the infrastructure to install and test two hybrid-electric propulsion systems, each with a power of up to two 20MW.
The multi-purpose integration hall will welcome fuselages and wings, propulsion units, cables and avionics—all of which need to be tested.
“This is where we put the engines through their paces,” explains Martin Nüsseler, Head of E-Aircraft Systems. “We can test everything from electric motors for unmanned flying taxis to hybrid-electric engines for the commercial aircraft of the future.”
The EAS House is to develop the in-depth expertise on the alternative propulsion technology needed to help the first generation of zero-emission commercial aircraft take to the skies within the 2030s timeframe.
The Airbus E-Aircraft System House is Europe’s largest test facility dedicated to alternative propulsion systems and fuels.
But this is no ordinary facility: at more than 3,000 m2 , it is the largest test house dedicated exclusively to alternative propulsion systems and fuels in Europe. In fact, NASA in the US is the only other organisation in the world to offer comparable facilities. This means Airbus can now test the latest electric motors and hybrid-electric engines directly on its own premises, and develop its own low-emission alternative propulsion units.