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Electric Airplane

Electric Airplane

Didn’t Tom Swift have an electric airplane? No? Well, he could have one today. From EcoGeek:

A design for an ultra-environmental aricraft just won the top prize at the prestigious Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award. Roland Cernat, who just graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd / Germany created the airplane with the environment in mind.

First, once in the air, it can travel entirely fuelessly, much like other ultra-light gliders. It can tuck away it’s tiny propellers for 100% aerodynamic flight. But when it needs an extra boost, generally for take-off, the glider’s propellers unfurl, driven by a small electric motor that is powered either by an on-board generator or by thin film solar panels on the planes wings and tail.

We’ve seen other ultra-lights that get good gas mileage, but every component of this plane was constructed for minimal environmental impact.

The cockpit is constructed entirely from …

Continue reading. More photos at the link.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 July 2008 at 12:18 pm

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  1. He must have created this in the Sims video game.

    slr

    27 July 2009 at 7:38 am


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