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The Solar Impulse

The Solar Impluse, a project undertaken by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and headed up by the aptly named Bertrand Piccard is a solar powered aircraft capable of both day and night flight thanks to a 450kg Lithium-polymer battery system and 2,200 sq ft of solar panels mounted atop the wings. It has a seating capacity of one, the pilot, and is capable of cruising at 43 mph for 36 hours at a maximum height of 28,000 ft. Bertrand Piccard is the same guy who flew the first ever round-the-world trip in a Lanjut →

The Yuneec E430

Electric aircraft are very much at the Kitty Hawk/Wright Flyer stage of development and to give you an idea of how interesting this space is, the first commercially available electric aircraft is almost certainly going to be the The Yuneec E430 (pronounced “unique”). Yuneec is a mainland chinese manufacturer of electric remote controlled helicopters, essentially toys (albeit toys that can potentially decapitate a grown man), so a foray into commercial full scale aircraft production is a big step, significantly bigger than it would be for a company like Cessna or Beechcraft. Why is this? Lanjut →

NASA’s Puffin

The sort of gloriously twisted imagination that came up with the Puffin is probably also responsible for the Star Wars Speeder Bikes (I want one so badly it hurts my brain). The Puffin, in short is a VTOL electric aircraft designed to accommodate a single, brave passenger in the face-down prone position. It uses the very cool and very new lithium phosphate batteries which means the estimated weight is just over 400 lbs (180 kgs), sporting a top speed of 140 mph (225 kmph) and a range of 50 miles (80 km), not very far to be fair, especially at one-forty but oh what fun it would be! Those propellers are an impressive 7.5 feet in diameter (2.28 m) and they rotate to allow full V-22 Osprey influenced VTOL capabilities.

Video after the jump.

Via NASA and Wired

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