“Cool” new demonstrator for electric aircraft highlights Airbus Group Innovations’ presence at MAKS

Airbus Group Innovations and its Russian partners brought an “electric atmosphere” to the MAKS exhibition, showcasing a technology demonstrator that could potentially lead to new breakthroughs for the Group’s e-aircraft.


Airbus Group Corporate Technical Officer Jean Botti (right) and SuperOx’ Chairman of the Board Andrey Vavilov (left) signed the organizations’ extended partnership agreement.

This 100-kW electric aircraft propulsion system demonstrator – including generators, motors and the use of advanced superconducting materials – resulted from the collaboration between the Russian Technology Office (which oversees the Airbus Group’s research and technology activities in Russia) and Moscow-based SuperOx, a leading supplier of second-generation high-temperature superconducting tapes.

A high-temperature superconductor power cable network


The small-scale 100-kW demonstrator displayed at MAKS features generators, motors and the use of advanced superconducting materials.

During MAKS, Airbus Group Innovations and SuperOx – which started working together earlier this year – also reaffirmed their commitment to continuing this relationship. The two partners signed a cooperation agreement that covers the project’s next steps: the development, manufacture and testing of a full-scale high-temperature superconducting power cable network.

“Combining the systems and e-aircraft expertise of Airbus Group Innovations with SuperOx’s capabilities in high-temperature superconductors will help us explore distributed hybrid propulsion systems at power levels up to 12 MW,” explained the Russian Technology Office’s General Director Marina Evans. “We are excited to be moving forward together toward Airbus Group’s ambitious goals!”

Airbus Group Innovations is the corporate-level research and technology network that operates under the responsibility of the Airbus Group Corporate Technical Office. Also highlighting Airbus Group Corporate Technical Office’s presence at MAKS were two new technology licensingagreements with Russian partners. For more on these accords, see the separate Latest Innovation News story.

Approximate temperature at which high-temperature superconducting wires provide zero electrical resistance. With this higher temperature compared to conventional superconductors, high-temperature superconducting materials could help contribute to more efficient energy transfer and lightweight system architecture – key requirements for propulsion systems on e-aircraft.