Racer’s centre fuselage completed and ready to leave Romania
Romania’s RoRCraft consortium, formed by INCAS -National Institute for Aerospace Research Elia Cafaroli- and the aerospace company ROMAERO, has finalised the centre fuselage of the Racer demonstrator, which has been presented today in an event held in Bucharest. The completion of the airframe, which will be delivered to Airbus Helicopters in the coming days, is a very important milestone for the Racer project as it paves the way to the final assembly of the demonstrator.
The airframe’s first stop, after leaving Romania, will be Airbus Helicopters’ site in Germany, where it will be equipped with some major components such as the fuel system, the canopy, the doors, the cowlings and the boxwings etc. before being transferred to Airbus Helicopters’ site in France for the final assembly and launch of the flight campaign.
Achieving this milestone in the challenging current sanitary context has been possible thanks to the big collective effort and good cooperation between the teams of Clean Sky 2, Airbus Helicopters and the RoRCraft Consortium, which have been responsible for the design and manufacturing of the technologically complex Racer airframe. It is the first time such advanced hybrid helicopter structure, incorporating metallic and composite primary structural elements, has been manufactured in Romania.
The cooperation between the parties does not finish with the completion and delivery of the Racer central fuselage as the RoRCraft consortium will also be contributing to the demonstrator flight clearance by designing and conducting stress analysis of the required fuselage parts.
Developed by Airbus Helicopters in the context of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme the Racer demonstrator 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.