Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Crane A&E) and Heart Aerospace are teaming up for the Joint Definition Phase of Heart’s ES-30, aimed at defining the Electric Power Distribution System used on Heart’s ES-30 regional electric airplane.

As part of the collaboration, the companies will define the requirements to integrate Crane A&E’s high-voltage power conversion system and low-voltage control and distribution system into the ES-30.

“Our selection on this programme is a testament to the vision, strategy and investment we have made in our Electrical Power capabilities over the last five years, and we are excited to have this opportunity to work with Heart on the cutting edge of technology while contributing towards a sustainable future,” said Joseph Mundinger, Vice President and General Manager, Sensing and Power Systems, Crane Aerospace & Electronics.

Heart has a total of 250 firm orders for its ES-30 regional electric 30-seater aircraft, with options and purchase rights for an additional 120 airplanes as well as letters of intent (LOIs) for another 91 aircraft.

The ES-30 is powered by electric motors with battery-derived energy and will have a fully electric zero-emissions range of 200km, an extended hybrid range of 400km with 30 passengers, and the flexibility to fly to 800km with 25 passengers. The aircraft is expected to enter into service in 2028.

“With decades worth of experience from delivering proven systems and components to the aerospace industry, Crane A&E is a great partner for Heart in the development of the ES-30,” said Anders Forslund, co-founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. “We look forward to shaping the future of flight together.”

Image: Heart Aerospace ES-30