Rolls-Royce will lead development of a hybrid-electric flight demonstrator with funding from the German state of Brandenburg. The distributed-propulsion testbed will be based on the i-5 aircraft designed by APUS, an aviation engineering company based in Strausberg. The three-year project will demonstrate hybrid-electric technology, based on Rolls’ M250 turboshaft engine, that could be used across a range of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, general aviation ...

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