|Lange Aviation GmbH
|Seat||Zweibrücken , Germany|
|Number of employees||42|
The Lange Aviation GmbH was founded in 1996 as Lange Flugzeugbau GmbH founded. The company is located in Zweibrücken . Lange develops, builds and sells motor gliders and gliders . The company founder and managing director is Axel Lange. The company currently has 42 employees.
To date (2009), Lange is the only company in the world to build and sell a self-launching high-performance motor glider with electric drive, the Lange Antares 20E , of which the first examples were delivered in 2004.
The new drive system works with lithium-ion batteries , inverters and asynchronous external rotor motors . Flight testing began in 1999 in a Glaser-Dirks DG-800 B, internally Lange LF 20 E called. The demonstration machine took off for its maiden flight on May 7, 1999 . With this sample, the principle usability of the concept could be proven.
On May 28, 2006, the Lange Antares 18S , a glider in the 18 m class, made its maiden flight.
In July 2007, the insolvency proceedings were opened against Lange Flugzeugbau GmbH ; the insolvency administrator continued business operations. At the end of September 2007, Lange Fiberverbundtechnik GmbH acquired all of the tangible and intangible assets of Lange Flugzeugbau GmbH . It continued production of the Antares series at the Zweibrücken airfield. The company has been operating under the name Lange Aviation GmbH since 2008 .
On December 23, 2011 the first flight of the further development Lange Antares 23E took place. This aircraft essentially has a wing that has been extended by three meters and a significantly increased take-off weight. It was developed in cooperation with Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau and has the same inner wing as the Schempp-Hirth Quintus .
In addition to the Antares 23E, Antares 20E and Antares 18S / T, Lange Aviation GmbH also builds the Antares DLR-H2 research aircraft with fuel cell propulsion for the DLR . In 2010, the company announced that it would test the successor Antares H3 with a wingspan of 23 meters and an expected range of up to 6,000 kilometers in 2011.
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