Curtiss-Wright Selected to Provide Ultra Small Form Factor Flight Computer and Ethernet Switch for New All-Electric Air Taxi

CWCurtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a proven leading supplier of rugged ultra-small form factor (USFF) processing and networking solutions, today announced that it was awarded a contract to provide an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer with a rugged avionics system and networking solutions for use on the company’s new aircraft. The fully electric fixed-wing aircraft, designed to function as a piloted urban air taxi, will use Curtiss-Wright flight control computer and vehicle Ethernet switch solutions during the flight test stage of the new aircraft’s development. Curtiss-Wright USFF electronic subsystems, which are ideal for use on size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) constrained airborne platforms, have previously been selected for use on multiple eVTOL development programs in addition to this most recent design win. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright is supplying the customer with its fully rugged Parvus DuraCOR 311, a USFF embedded computer/controller based on a low-power quad-core Intel® Atom™ E3845 (Bay Trail-I) processor, and the Parvus DuraNET 20-11, a USFF 8-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch. Both products are optimized for extremely demanding SWaP-C applications, such as space-constrained rotorcraft and unmanned airborne platforms, which are especially sensitive to additional weight that can limit flight duration and/or distance. The DuraCOR 311 measures less than 40 in³ in volume and weighs less than 1.5 lb, while the “pocket-sized” DuraNET 20-11 measures only 10 in3 in volume, and weighs only 0.5 lb.

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Under the contract, deliveries are scheduled to begin in September 2020.

“We are very pleased to be selected to support this exciting new eVTOL aircraft program with our industry-leading, ultra-small processing and networking avionics solutions,” said Lynn Bamford, President, Defense and Power Segments. “With a legacy that began with famed aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, we look forward to the development of this new all-electric aircraft for which our extremely compact, highly rugged, and cost-effective electronic subsystems are ideally suited.”

Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures the integrated system products covered by this contract at its Salt Lake City, Utah facility.

For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, please visit www.curtisswrightds.com


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