26-Apr-2021 Source: Airbus Helicopters
Romania’s RoRCraft consortium designed and manufactured the Racer high-speed demonstrator’s centre fuselage section.
This team has also conducted the mechanical tests of the material combination and new manufacturing process required to receive flight authorisation. The intermediate side shells have already been assembled on the Racer airframe by Romania’s RoRCraft consortium.
The Racer high-speed demonstrator’s lightweight canopy, developed by the FastCan consortium, is optimised for low aerodynamic draft.
The fuel system: The Racer’s fuel system design and manufacturing is the result of a collaboration between the ActionRcraft consortium, composed of Safran Aerosystems, which is in charge of the fuel storage, and the StrongCraft consortium, formed by Safran Aerosystems, Secondo Mona and the Netherlands Aerospace Center, responsible for the fuel distribution, gauging and ventilation systems. Starting from a classical fuel system design, the main challenge was to adapt it to the demonstrator’s new capabilities in terms of speed, acceleration, and climb and descent rates. The fuel system will continue being put to the test during the coming ground and flight tests in order to ensure its performance. The Racer’s fuel system has been designed with a lightweight tank bladder material and a new optical sensor is under development to be tested in the fuel bench in different conditions.
The wings of Airbus’ Racer high-speed demonstrator are optimised for aerodynamic efficiency
The rear fuselage for Airbus’ Racer high-speed demonstrator was produced using additive manufacturing.