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Electric Demonstrator Aircraft by Airbus

Written by , on April 30, 2014

AIrbus has demonstrated what is believed to be the first aircraft developed from the ground-up an electric-powered aircraft.  Read more »

Laser Charged Planes Could Fly Forever

Written by , on August 8, 2012

LaserMotive, a Seattle company, is developing a technology for "refuelling" electric aircraft in flight using laser beams that charge batteries. The system consists of a solar photovotaic array.on the aircraft. A high intensity laser beam strikes the photovoltaic cells, which converts the light to electricity. Initial testing of the system was conducted on a Stalker […]  Read more »

An “Infinite Range” Electric Plane

Written by , on May 11, 2012

One of the disadvantages of battery powered planes is that their weight remains the same as they fly whereas liquid fuel aircraft become lighter as they use up their fuel. This realisation led Chip Yates, holder of the world record for the fastest electric motorcycle, to the idea of dropping batteries when their charge was […]  Read more »

Single-seat Electric Plane

Written by , on May 21, 2010

PC Aero has shown a prototype of an all-electric, single-seater plane in Germany. The Elektra One has a wingspan of 8.6 meters and it has an effective payload of 90 kilograms. The composite plane weighs 120 kilograms and is powered by a 16 kW electric motor. The manufacturers claim that it has a operational range […]  Read more »

Plane Designed to Use 70% Less Fuel

Written by , on May 18, 2010

An MIT-led team has designed a plane that is estimated to use 70 percent less fuel than current planes while also reducing noise and emission of nitrogen oxides. MIT was contracted ny NASA to evaluate the potential of quieter subsonic commercial planes that would burn 70 percent less fuel, emit 75 percent less nitrogen oxides […]  Read more »

Aircraft Cause 10-15% of Arctic Warming

Written by , on December 23, 2009

An analysis by atmospheric scientists at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, has shown that, in the Arctic, aircraft vapour trails have caused 15–20% of surface warming. Globally, commercial aircraft vapour trails have been responsible for 4–8% of surface warming since records began in 1850 – equivalent to a temperature increase of 0.03–0.06°C. Previously, it […]  Read more »