Deutsche Aircraft has completed wind tunnel testing for the 328ALPHA

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Martin Romero

Deutsche Aircraft has successfully completed an extensive wind tunnel testing campaign for the 328ALPHA technology demonstrator. The goal of this program is to evaluate, develop and test flight technologies that can reduce aviation emissions, such as electric propulsion, fuel cells and liquid hydrogen storage.

The 328ALPHA is a modification of an existing D328 airframe. This test was conducted in the context of the civil aviation research program LuFo VI-I (Luftfahrtforschungsprogramm) and partially financed by German Federal Ministry of Economy and Climate Action (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection or BMWK). With LuFo VI HE BMWK strives to develop a system of air transportation in the future that is sustainable, economical and efficient.

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The purpose of this test is to validate the global aerodynamic integration of a next-generation electric propulsion system developed by the companies associated with the project. This 9-week campaign evaluated various combinations of propulsive power, stability, control, and performance parameters in the intended flight envelope.

The result of this test confirms the previous analysis done using the most advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and will allow Deutsche Aircraft an engineering flight simulator is perfect.

she 328 ALPA also presented at the conference E2Flight of electric and zero-emission flights held in September, organized by German Aerospace Center (DLR) there University of Stuttgart. The chief engineer of the future projects of Deutsche Aircraft, Riaan Myburgh the conference presented the latest development of the demonstrator 328 ALPA.

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