Putting the pieces together: assembly of RACER begins!
A milestone has been reached for Clean Sky 2’s RACER demonstrator, which has started its assembly following the arrival of the central fuselage from Romania. This first assembly phase is taking place at Airbus Helicopters’ site in Donauwörth, Germany, and involves the installation of several major components including the canopy, the box-wings, the fuel system, the cowlings, and more.
RACER aims to achieve the best trade-off between speed, cost-efficiency, sustainability and mission performance. With a cruise speed of 400 km/h, the aircraft targets missions for which travel time is of vital importance (such as search and rescue and emergency medical transport) or contributes to mission efficiency (such as inter-city urban air mobility). The project relies on a wide European network of almost 40 partners in 13 EU countries and stands as a flagship of European research cooperation.
Later this year, RACER will be transferred to Airbus Helicopters’ site in Marignane, France for the final assembly, ahead of the launch of the flight campaign in 2022.
Watch this interview with Clean Sky 2’s Head of Programme Sebastien Dubois to discover the excellent European innovation behind RACER.