Aircraft

Zunum Aero and Safran Helicopter Engines to deliver electric commercial aircraft

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Zunum Aero’s hybrid aircraft will reduce operating costs by 60-80% Zunum Aero, a pioneer in electric aviation, has selected Safran Helicopter Engines for its hybrid-to-electric commercial aircraft, which will be available in the early 2020s. Safran Helicopter Engines will provide a new generation engine turbine to drive the Zunum ZA10’s …

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Bye Aerospace tests electric aeroplane prototype

The StratoAirNet prototype

The prototype is designed to provide support for long-endurance commercial and government security requirements Bye Aerospace has announced the successful completion of the first flight of the solar electric technology demonstrator prototype for its StratoAirNet and Solesa families of medium-altitude aircraft systems. The piloted prototype first flight and subsequent flight …

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NASA reveals electric aeroplane prototype

Artist's impression of the 'Maxwell' prototype. Image credit: NASA Langley/Advanced Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc.

NASA’s new electric aeroplane integrates 14 motors into the plane’s wings NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental aeroplane, currently designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell”. The prototype has 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing. NASA Aeronautics researchers will use …

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Aston Martin unveils VTOL concept

Aston Martin's Volante Vision Concept

Aston Martin hopes to have a working model ready in two years British car maker Aston Martin has presented its design for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the Volante Vision Concept. With room for three adults, the concept is a near future study that previews a flying autonomous hybrid-electric …

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Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium

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Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium Date: 8-9 November, 2018 Location: Cologne, Germany Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium is the world’s leading international conference dedicated to ultra-low-emission aircraft technology and full-electric flight possibilities. The two-day event will cover all aspects of aerospace activity, from general aviation and smaller regional …

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AML set to push ahead electric aviation

AML High Power Density Motor

AML’s electric propulsion shows more than 30% higher performance during high-volume production AML Superconductivity & Magnetics (AML), a developer of magnet-based applications, has launched an electrical machine development programme designed to produce propulsion motors for the aviation and aerospace sector. The programme is inspired by the fact that motors are the …

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NASA to send electric helicopter to Mars

Artist's impression of NASA's Mars helicopter

NASA is working on a small electric helicopter that they plan to fly on Mars during the 2020 mission. The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air …

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