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NASA: Electric Powered Planes Possible Now (Gineers Now)

On 26th February 2015, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center expected the arrival of an exclusive experimental demonstrator. This demonstrator might be responsible for heralding the coolest future in aircraft technology. This involves the aircraft being powered by electric motors. NASA has named this project, Leading Edge Asynchronous Technology. This project …

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Amazon Prime Air: Drones to Carry 5lb packages Over 10 Miles in 30 Minutes (Ars Technica)

In an interview with Yahoo News, Amazon has revealed a little more about its forthcoming drone-based delivery system. Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, said that the company has very specific targets for “Prime Air. “So Prime Air is a future delivery service that will get packages to …

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Electric Flight Waiting on Better Batteries (Irish Times)

There are numerous reasons for investing more in electric flight research. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, the technology necessary is much simpler than traditionally powered aircraft. Getting beyond the two-seat, training-size aircraft, however, is the major challenge. Electric flight will only take off if better batteries can be developed. “There are …

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CAA Relaxes Rules of Flight Testing Experimental Aircraft (Pilot Web)


The CAA has introduced simpler requirements, known as E Conditions, for approving the initial flight testing of small experimental aircraft. The new requirements allow aircraft designers to try out a new concept aircraft up to a maximum take-off weight of 2,000kg in the air without going through the costly and time-consuming …

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NASA “X-Plane” due to Fly in 2017 (Pilot Web)

At the Armstrong Flight Research Center development is continuing on the new all electric X-Plane.  The plan is to equip a Tecnam P2006T with a new 31ft-span LEAPTech wing on which will be mounted eighteen electric motors and propellers powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries, replacing the aircraft’s twin piston …

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Cella Energy and Herakles Sign Memorandum to Develop Hydrogen-Based Power Systems for Aerospace

See the full press release below: LE HAILLAN, France, Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The solid-state hydrogen storage company Cella Energy and the French aerospace Herakles (Safran) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to define the principles which will govern a five year exclusive cooperation plan which will kick-off at the …

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