Melbourne-based aerospace manufacturer Kite Magnetics has opened its green aviation test facility. «This features electric motor testing capabilities, including an in-house designed and built dynamometer and thrust stand, demonstrating Kite’s commitment to becoming a major player in the rapidly evolving electric aircraft propulsion industry», said Dr Richard Parsons, Founder and CEO of Kite Magnetics. During a launch event, VIPs were also treated to a view of Kite’s 120kW electric engine in action for the very first time. Their first product, called the KM-120, is now undergoing extensive performance evaluation and reliability testing in preparation for flight testing in early 2024.
Kite Magnetics KM-120 Electric Propulsion System, which is small enough to fit in a packed travel suitcase but more powerful than most small cars, includes an 800V inverter and an air-cooled gearless electric motor with variable pitch propeller support. Designed for fixed-wing electric training aircraft and the emerging eVTOL market, their system leverages their proprietary AeropermTM magnetic materials technology to reach efficiencies greater than 98%.