Heart Aerospace is developing the ES-30 and aims for it to enter service in 2028. The ES-30 is in its preliminary design phase, which means we are in the process of selecting our key partners and suppliers. We are building the eco system around us that will be part of driving the transition to a zero-emission aviation industry. It is about finding the partners, from the industry and outside of the industry, who share our vision and mission and are committed to make this transition happen. And that we need to be successful together. We can really see that the existing aerospace industry is coming along and are starting to see us as a strategic programme that they want to part of. It means they, in some ways, must abandon old ways of working and find new ways of working together with us.
The ES-30 is a regional electric airplane with a standard seating capacity of 30 passengers driven by electric motors with battery derived energy. It will have a fully electric zero emissions range of 200 kilometres, an extended range of 400 kilometres, all including typical airline reserves.
At Heart we’ve taken the approach in our first programme to limit innovation to where it matters and focused on the electric power train to reduce emissions and costs. Certifying a new aircraft is challenging and that is why we have elected to focus on innovating the power train and keep many other parts of the plane as conventional as possible– the first goal is really to make this airplane take off!
For the next programmes we can allow ourselves to investigate further improvements. However, for this first aircraft we want to rely on the existing supply chain where possible, to mitigate risk and cost. Another important thing to point out is our close collaboration with the certification authorities, with whom we have been engaging since the very start of our programme.
To sum up, our biggest challenge is to make sure all parts necessary to develop, build and deliver an aircraft – from design of the aircraft, recruitment of the right talent to certification processes, supply chain and so on, are progressing in a synchronised manner.