During Phase I, HINETICS will demonstrate the feasibility of MAGICA through a combination of computer modeling, design optimization, and fabrication and test of a laboratory prototype, which will reduce development risk in Phase II. MAGICA is currently at TRL 2; in Phase II, HINETICS plans to expand the capabilities of the MAGICA into a functional motor prototype at TRL 6. The demonstrated results will offer NASA capability to improve motor performance while prioritizing utmost reliability.
When complete, MAGICA will help improve the safety and reliability of the electrical motors used in UAM powertrains. Hinetics has developed a series of machines ranging from the 20-500 kW class, relevant to the NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT) project’s concept vehicles, to MW-class high speed machines for the Electrified Aircraft Propulsion program within ARMD. These motors can be readily retrofitted with MAGICA to increase reliability as we scale to volume production.
MAGICA enables reliable, safe operation of high power UAM aircraft. This will have uses for Government applications such as civil and military disaster relief, search and rescue, medical evacuation, firefighting, and commercial applications such as urban air mobility and cargo transport. With little alteration, MAGICA will also be capable of motors for commercial hybrid-electric regional aircraft.