30 July, 2021

Dassault Aviation picks GE Aviation for electrical power distribution & control on the Falcon10X

Dassault Aviation has selected GE Aviation to provide the Primary and solid-state Secondary Electrical Power Distribution and Control System for the recently launched Dassault Falcon 10X aircraft.

“The Primary and Secondary Power Distribution System on the Falcon 10X system is a next generation design providing significant weight savings over conventional architecture with equipment reduction,” said Brad Mottier, president of Systems for GE Aviation.

The Primary and Secondary Electrical Power Distribution and Control System for the Falcon 10X will have increased flexibility, enabling Dassault’s rapid implementation for customer-specific configurations. The system architecture will allow ease of in-service modification and implementation, while improving the maintainability of the system.

The system is supported by a suite of configuration tools, providing Dassault the capability to make system changes efficiently, creating more flexibility within the aircraft cabin configuration.

“We are honored to partner with Dassault on this amazing aircraft. We’re building on decades of experience producing electrical power systems on military and commercial applications and are working with Dassault to bring the latest technology to market for their customers,” said Joe Krisciunas, general manager of Electrical Power for GE Aviation.

GE will utilize its Electric Power Integration Center (EPIC) in Cheltenham, UK where it will employ state of the art dynamic software modeling, simulation and analysis to predict how the system and its individual components will perform, including full system testing within a copper-bird environment. GE will perform all electrical power system certification testing within the EPIC, on behalf of Dassault, preparing and delivering the necessary documentation as part of Dassault’s aircraft certification submission to EASA.

“By using this state-of-the-art lab, GE will reduce development risk and program time scales prior to aircraft introduction,” added Krisciunas.

Dassault Aviation’s new Falcon jet will deliver a level of comfort, versatility, and technology unmatched by any purpose-built business jet. Featuring a range of 7,500 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.925, the Falcon 10X will fly nonstop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago. The Falcon 10X will enter service at the end of 2025.

The Largest, Most Flexible Cabin in Business Aviation

A modular cabin design that lets owners, essentially “move the walls” and create their own customized spaces.

The sheer dimensions of its cabin and the flexibility of interior configurations distinguish the 10X from other ultra-long-range jets.

With a cabin volume of 2,780 cubic feet (79 cubic meters), the 10X offers the largest cabin interior of any purpose-built business jet. It is almost 8 inches (20 cm) wider than its competitors.  
Cabin height: 6 ft, 8 in (2.03 m)
Max width: 9 ft, 1 in (2.77 m)
Cabin length: 53 ft, 10 in (16.4 m)
More room, more cabin layouts: The 10X has an ingeniously flexible cabin design, allowing new layout possibilities.  Starting with a baseline four-zone platform, the aircraft’s interior design concept centres around an entirely new level of modularity so that the cabin can easily be configured for a wide range of mission capabilities and customer needs. 

The baseline arrangement separates the interior into four equal sections of 8 feet, 10 inches (2.7 m) with four windows a side each. However, cabin sections can be easily reconfigured into compartments of different lengths and number of windows. Hence, an aft stateroom suite could be 15 feet, 6 inches (4.7 m) long and include seven windows, plus a large lavatory with shower. The 10X stateroom can be equipped with a full-size queen bed— unique in business aviation. 

A three-window small compartment could serve as a section for private conversations or as a media centre for presentations or the viewing of videos and streaming news on a large screen. 

A dining/conference area can have four or more windows a side. When dining at a four-place table, passengers nearest the windows can use the space between seats to step out without inconveniencing the aisle passenger. In many ways, it is easier to move around the cabin and to do so without disturbing others.

The advantages of more space: The increased cross-section and cabin volume convey a number of advantages, some obvious and some subtle.  Ample headroom extends toward the sides of the cabin making it easier to pass people in the aisle and stand up straight even well off the cabin centerline. Seats no longer need to be tucked into side ledges to create sufficient aisle width. A forward lavatory has more space in all dimensions, making it more suitable for passengers, as well as crew. Every galley compartment has more storage volume.

Healthy cabin features: Cabin pressurization will be the best in the industry with the lowest cabin altitude—a 3,000-foot pressure altitude in the cabin while flying at 41,000 feet. A next-generation filtration system that eliminates ozone and potential pollutants (volatile organic compounds) will provide 100 percent pure air. Humidity can be maintained at a level that makes long hours aloft more comfortable and healthful. Temperature control will be provided in each of the cabin’s four zones with air entering at the top and the bottom of the cabin for an even temperature throughout.  

The lowest sound levels: Dassault’s current flagship, the Falcon 8X has the lowest interior sound levels of any business jet, the equivalent of a typical suburban living room. The 10X, using Dassault’s advanced noise reduction technologies, will be at least this quiet despite the increased cruise speed.

New, larger windows: The 10X’s windows are almost 50 percent larger than those on the 8X. Thirty-eight windows line the fuselage for the most window area and brightest cabin in business aviation.

Always in touch with advanced connectivity. The 10X cabin comes with a high-speed connectivity system solution ensuring seamless in-flight communications and high-speed access to the Internet. Connectivity service options include a Ka-band network for fast and more consistent data speed. The cabin will also come equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment and communications network technology designed to distribute crisp, high-definition audio and video content throughout. Passengers will have total command of cabin functions in an easy-to-use mobile app or through cabin touch screens and hard switches. 

Lots of baggage space: The 10X’s 198 cubic foot (5.60 m3) baggage compartment is the largest in the ultra-long-range segment. Its electrically operated door makes loading and unloading the compartment easier for pilots and ground crews. A dedicated and separated additional compartment of 8 ft, 3 in (0.23 cu m) provides room for specific devises such as a fly-away kit.

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