MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – September 1, 2021) Testing of a hybrid power plant equipped with a gas turbine engine and a superconducting electric motor at the Russian Yak-40LL laboratory aircraft will be completed in 2022, according to the chief executive of the Central Institute of Aviation Engines (CIAM), which developed the project, told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Russia is the first country in the world to start testing an aircraft with a superconducting electric motor. Last month, Yak-40LL was presented at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Show in Russia.
“All the plans are reflected in the test program which will last until the first half of 2022. Of course, the deadlines are not tight and depend on the difficulties we will face during the flights. As soon as we have completed everything we have planned, we will dismantle all the equipment of the flying laboratory and draw up a plan for the further use of the aircraft, ”said Mikhail Gordin.
The lab is now back in the city of Novosibirsk where testing will continue. CIAM and the Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute named after Chaplygin will check how the aircraft’s systems and engine will perform under different conditions.
“It is necessary to understand how power generation changes at different heights,” Gordin explained, adding that the hybrid power plant installed at Yak-40LL cannot be used on other aircraft and was designed only for them. technology testing and development.
MAKS-2021 was held from July 20 to 25 in the city of Zhukovskiy, Moscow region. The Sputnik News Agency was an official media partner of the event.