Honeywell Aerospace and Archer Aviation have agreed to collaborate on flight control actuation and thermal management technologies for Archer’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi under development.
The companies said July 27 that actuation technology is a “key enabler” for the aircraft, and Phoenix-headquartered Honeywell’s Micro Vapor Cycle System thermal management system will help Archer provide a ” best-in-class cabin experience” for passengers. .
“Honeywell’s position as an established leader in providing advanced aerospace technologies will be key to achieving our goal of certifying our production aircraft in 2024,” said Archer chief executive Adam Goldstein.
“Honeywell offers a wide variety of off-the-shelf solutions that will create a more sustainable future for the aviation industry,” adds Stéphane Fymat, Vice President and General Manager of Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems at Honeywell Aerospace. “We are committed to making urban air mobility a form of everyday travel, and Archer’s aircraft will help make that vision a reality.
The production aircraft will operate in dense urban environments, operating missions requiring exact responses from the aircraft’s flight controls, the companies said.
“Honeywell’s actuators can accept hundreds of micro-adjustments and commands per second from electric flight computers, enabling precise navigation,” they add.
Archer, based in Palo Alto, Calif., showed off its prototype plane, called Maker, last June, and the two-seater performed its first hover on Dec. 16. Last month, the company said it plans “by the end of the year” to fly flights in which the plane will switch to forward flight.
Maker has 12 wing-mounted rotors, a range of 52 nm (96 km) and can cruise up to 130 kt (241 km/h), according to the company.
Archer said it will build a four-seat variant, which it aims to have certified for passenger operations by 2024.
In February 2021, United Airlines pledged to take 200 of the planes in development in a deal worth up to $1 billion.