The ULTIMATE project strives to develop powerplant concepts to Technological Readiness Level (TRL) 2 providing 12% higher thermal efficiency and 2% higher propulsive efficiencies beyond the ultra-efficient powerplants expected to enter service in the year 2050. By systematically targeting technology synergies from the start of development, the project will achieve innovative, ultra-efficient, flexible, low cost, and reliable powerplants.
The ULTIMATE project has challenged itself to maximise the benefits provided to European industry through improved competitiveness and society. ULTIMATE has translated the following five ambitious key targets of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the year 2050 (SRIA 2050) into its main objective clusters:
ULTIMATE will adapt and validate propulsion concepts for short range intra-European and long range intercontinental flights, flexible flight missions with cruise altitudes from 30000 to 45000 ft, and for gate to gate times equal to or better than state-of-the-art.
ULTIMATE will provide
ULTIMATE will breakdown the overall emission reduction objectives into individual goals for the propulsion system and the airframe by balancing of requirements. The ULTIMATE propulsion concepts will reduce
ULTIMATE will demonstrate the compatibility of radical technologies with severe operating conditions and redundancy requirements for flight safety.