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The story of FADEC [3/3] - What will the "brains" of tomorrow's engines look like?


Safran Electronics & Defense makes brains for engines! For 40 years, our company has been designing, developing, and producing FADEC or Full Authority Digital Engine Control systems. These "brains" enable engines to monitor and adjust engine performance during flight constantly. With the aerospace industry facing significant challenges as early as 2035, our teams have no end of work to do to develop ever more efficient FADEC systems! Continuation and conclusion of our series on these extraordinary calculators.

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In the future, FADEC will continue to adapt to the challenges of ever more efficient, low-carbon engines. The aviation sector must reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050. FADEC will undoubtedly play its part.

A technological revolution

To meet the new challenges facing engines, a technical team has been set up within the FADEC Alliance to define and design future FADEC systems.

The main objectives are to:

🎯 enable new engine architectures (open rotor, hybridization) to enter service by 2035;

🎯 minimize system weight and volume;

🎯 be compatible with cybersecurity constraints;

🎯 be able to handle new interfaces from the engine;

🎯 be better distributed to position electronics close to the function and be easier to integrate;

🎯 manage obsolescence with innovative architecture;

🎯 achieve 100% REACH compliance (including lead-free solder joints) and guarantee improved service life.

RISE: the engine of the future that will integrate all these innovations

Safran Electronics & Defense will incorporate these new functions into the RISE demonstration program to develop these technologies and achieve a high level of readiness for production.

Combined with the new-generation FADEC, RISE is expected to reduce an aircraft's fuel consumption by 20%.

💡 For Safran Electronics & Defense, the goal is to create and support in service the world's best engine ECUs in the coming years. We expect to double our offering with the arrival of single-aisle aircraft in 2035. It's a huge challenge we're confident we can rise to with our partners BAE Systems and GE Aerospace!