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LaunchPoint Electric Propulsion Solutions, an aerospace power generation and propulsion development company with a focus on the advanced air mobility market, has announced the commercialization of its highest power controller to date — the 250-kilowatt MC250.
The California-based company said the MC250 is ideal to use as a power converter for high-speed motors or alternators. Weighing nine kilograms (20 pounds), it is ultra-lightweight and compact, measuring 381 by 281 by 152 millimeters (15 by 11 by 6 inches). According to Launchpoint representative Jennifer Goddard Combs, the MC250 controller has been specifically designed for aircraft, while most other off-the-shelf controllers available were designed for ground vehicles or industrial applications.
“The end result is higher performance, better reliability, and lower weight for your aircraft,” she said. “The MC250 provides an excellent power/weight ratio.”
In a press release, LaunchPoint chief technology officer Mike Ricci explained that most of the company’s technologies to date have been tailored toward the smaller drone market at a power level less than 100 kW.
“The 250-kW controller now gets us in the higher power range where we can start moving people and significant cargo for defense and advanced air mobility applications,” he said. “With this kind of power, you can move significant physical objects large distances, and that capability has a massive impact.”