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Distributed Electric Propulsion for Manned Flight Vehicles.

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RMIT Building 56

115 Queensberry Street

Room 4.081

Carlton, VIC 3053

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Recent developments in high performance electric motors, power electronics and battery technologies are allowing the possibility of concepts developed by the small unmanned drone industry to be scaled up to potentially support commercially viable manned air vehicles. Coincidently the nascent autonomous ‘ride share’ industry has suggested small personal air vehicles may be applicable to their business models. This month’s lecture will discuss the key technologies and review a sample of the range of projects that are being discussed and seeking funding. The lecture will explore what is likely to be possible with the available technologies, potential advantages and disadvantages of the technologies and what are the most likely missions and air vehicle configurations that will emerge as commercially viable. The lecture is aimed at all those with an interest in the possible future directions of aerospace design and students looking at options for the future.


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Mitchell Lennard is an aerospace design engineer with 30+ years experience in the design and certification of aircraft electrical and avionics systems. Mitchell is a former RMIT student with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a recently completed PhD in Design Optimisation. Mitchell has worked in Australia and Europe on a wide range of civil and military programs. Recently Mitchell completed a technical review of many of the eVTOL programs entering the market (or seeking start up funding) in support of a locally based venture capital business. The lecture has grown out of the work completed on that project.

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RMIT Building 56

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Carlton, VIC 3053

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