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Bristol engineers recognised for innovative work on more environmentally friendly helicopter technology

31 January 2018

The Italian Government has recognised research undertaken at Bristol in electric propulsion of helicopters with its National Innovation Award.

The award was given to Leonardo Helicopters, a division of the Leonardo high-tech company which, together with the University, launched the EU-funded ELETAD Electrical Tail Drive project under the Clean Sky Green Rotorcraft programme. Together with new design and modelling capabilities, ELETAD delivered the world’s first prototype of an electrically driven tail rotor sized to suit a medium twin-engined aircraft.

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