Archer Aviation Inc. has entered into an agreement with Honeywell covering the supply of flight control actuation and thermal management technologies. Honeywell’s actuation technology is a key enabler of Archer’s “12 tilt 6” configurations, and Honeywell’s thermal management technology will help Archer provide a best-in-class in-cabin experience for its passengers.
“Honeywell’s position as an established leader in delivering advanced aerospace technologies will be critical to our delivering on our goal of certifying our production aircraft in 2024,” said Archer CEO, Adam Goldstein. “It is evident to us that Honeywell shares our belief that the key to commercializing eVTOL aircraft is working with leading aerospace suppliers to ensure we can deliver as safe an aircraft as possible.”
“Honeywell has a wide variety of ready-now solutions that will create a more sustainable future for the aviation sector, and the technology we’re providing Archer is a great example of that,” said Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager, Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “We’re committed to making Urban Air Mobility an everyday form of travel, and Archer’s aircraft will help bring that vision to life.”
Archer’s production aircraft will operate in dense urban environments, making critical precision from the aircraft’s flight controls and actuators a must. Honeywell’s actuators can accept hundreds of micro adjustments and commands per second from fly-by-wire computers, enabling precise navigation. Archer works to incorporate the latest advancements in technology into its aircraft to draw on its safety benefits, and accommodate the unique elements of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. As such, Archer has selected the MicroVCS, Honeywell’s thermal management system that provides several advantages compared to conventional systems, including lower weight, higher efficiency, and higher reliability in its size and power class.
Honeywell has more than 60 years of experience delivering actuation and thermal management systems for space, aerospace, and naval applications and is an established leader in the eVTOL segment, offering a full line of avionics, navigation, electric propulsion, radar, and communications systems, in addition to flight controls and actuation technology.
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