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Designing Connectivity Solutions for an Electric Aircraft Future

  • Magazine Article
  • 20AERP10_03
Published October 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
  • English

The levels of voltage and current needed in electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), personal air vehicles (PAVs), and rotorcraft systems are high and going higher. That's because electric propulsion motors, inverters, controllers, batteries, and sensor-laden electric aircraft require significant amounts of power.

High voltages and high kW peak outputs present many implementation challenges. Designers can meet these challenges by understanding how proper product selection and a “follow-the-wire” design approach enable high-power connectivity solutions. Some of the hurdles that designers need to overcome include the following.