Aerospace startup introduces hybrid generator for electric-powered flight

A Goleta, California-based company, LaunchPoint, has released a hybrid-electric generator system.

Created by a team of engineers over a decade, the LaunchPoint HPS400 GenSet is a 40kW generator with the capacity to power large drones and flying vehicle missions that require extended ranges of flight, according to company officials.

Until now, the 40kW market has been underserved, officials noted. LaunchPoint developed the HPS400 GenSet with the goal of fulfilling this unmet demand, and sales have been swift since its release, company officials report.

The HPS400 GenSet uses LaunchPoint-patented technology, including an air-cooled alternator, lightweight aircraft engine, and a battery management system that allows for in-flight battery charging.

Other features include SmartPoint Control Software, communications to the flight controller for monitoring system status, automatic throttle control to match the bus load and share power with the battery, and fans and radiators sized to ensure sufficient engine cooling in hover and other low airflow conditions, company officials noted.

LaunchPoint is delivering the new 40kW genset, along with its 6kW hybrid-electric genset, to commercial aerospace, automotive, and air taxi companies globally. The firm has also secured more than $1.25 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop hybrid-electric flight technology for flying cars.

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