H3X receives $1.25m USAF contract



Electric propulsion systems developer, H3X has been awarded a $1,250,000 contract with the US Air Force’s (USAF) AFWERX programme. 

The Direct-to-Phase II SBIR contract will allow Denver-based H3X to validate its motor drive, HPDM-250’s performance and complete environmental testing according to DO-160G specification. DO-160 is the standard that defines environmental test conditions and applicable test procedures and criteria for avionic equipment.

Jason Sylvestre, co-founder and CEO of H3X, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the Air Force to characterise and harden our HPDM-250 integrated motor drive for commercial aviation and military applications. AFWERX and Agility Prime have put forth a tremendous effort to accelerate Advanced Air Mobility technologies.

Sylvestre added that H3X’s mission with this contract is to provide aircraft manufacturers with electric propulsion systems that allow them to build aircraft with “real utility”.

AFWERX is the innovation arm of the Department of the USAF with a focus on investing in commercial technology to deliver better capability for the military. At the same time enabling those developers to attain commercial entry into service more easily.

Revolution.Aero recently spoke to the founder and CEO of Hydroplane, Dr Anita Sengupta. Hydroplane, a California-based start-up developing a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system for turboprops, is also a member of the AFWERX programme.