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Archer's battery drop tests score a hit
Archer successfully completes multiple battery pack drop tests; one of the most challenging tests it is set to face as part of FAA's type certification programme.
Not only did the batteries pass the drop tests, they still functioned properly after each drop, validating the safety and durability of Archer’s proprietary battery pack design.
Read this story in our May 2024 printed issue.

Archer Aviation has successfully completed rigorous battery pack drop testing conducted at a National Institute for Aviation Research lab. This marks a significant milestone in the development of the company's proprietary electric propulsion system for its Midnight aircraft in what is seen as one of the most difficult tests to pass for an eVTOL aircraft, putting Archer in a strong position to successfully complete this same test in upcoming for-credit testing with the FAA.

Over the course of this week, Archer's engineering and certification teams led Midnight's proprietary battery packs through three 50ft drop tests simulating extreme impact scenarios. Tested at varying states of charge, 0 per cent, 30 per cent and 100 per cent, the battery packs withstood the impact without any signs of failure and remarkably continued to function properly.

This test is renowned within the electric aviation industry as one of the most challenging barriers to certification, designed to ensure battery packs can safely endure significant impact. A pivotal factor in the success of these tests is Archer's choice to utilise cylindrical cells within its proprietary battery pack design.

"Successfully passing the battery pack drop tests marks a pivotal moment that paves the way for future 'for credit' certification testing with the FAA," says battery lead Alex Clarabut. "This accomplishment highlights our dedication to not just meeting, but exceeding ,safety standards. It is a critical step towards our goal of ensuring that Midnight will be among the safest aircraft in the skies. It's a testament to our team's relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence, and we're thrilled with the results that the battery packs not only passed the test, but still functioned properly afterward."

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The final airworthiness criteria provides the solidified path for the company to achieve type certification for the Midnight aircraft, a critical step as Archer continues to ramp up its 'for credit' testing with the FAA.
Archer completes high-volume battery pack manufacturing line
May 9, 2024
The battery pack manufacturing line was built to be an 'automotive style' line designed for high-volume production. The final phase will see it producing up to 15,000 battery packs per year.
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Stellantis has upped its interest in Archer by around 8.3 million shares. The automaker is to mass produce the Midnight aircraft, and construction on the first phase of a manufacturing facility will be completed this year.