EADS Innovation Works, in partnership with Aero Composites Saintonge and the Greencri-cri Association, is presenting Cri-Cri, a four-engined all-electric aerobatic plane based on the tiny homebuilt Cri-Cri (cricket) designed by Michel Colomban, at the Green Aviation Show in Le Bourget, France from 18 to 22 June.
The aerobatic plane incorporates technologies such as lightweight composite structures that reduce the weight of the airframe and compensate for the additional weight of the batteries, four brushless electric motors with counter-rotating propellers, and high energy-density Lithium-ion batteries.
The Cri-Cri offers 30 minutes of autonomous cruise flight at 110 km/h (68 mph), 15 minutes of autonomous aerobatics at speeds reaching up to 250 km/h (155 mph), and a climb rate of approximately 5.3 m/sec.
Set to undergo its first flight tests in the next few days, this four-engine electric plane paves the way for a new generation of environment-friendly high-performance aircraft, EADS said.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group—comprising Airbus, Eurocopter, EADS Astrium and EADS Defence & Security—generated revenues of €42.8 billion (US$53 billion) and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.