An electric plane with no moving parts has made its first flight

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Your typical jet plane is full of fast-moving blades. We need the spinning of turbines and propellers to create thrust and let us take to the skies. Or do we?

In a paper out today in Nature, MIT researchers report that they have created and flown the first plane that doesn’t require any moving parts. This 2.45kg experimental aircraft did not spin turbine blades to propel itself 60 meters, the length of a school gym: it used electricity directly.

If the technology could be scaled up, it would produce future aircraft that are far safer, quieter, and easier to maintain. Most important, it would eliminate combustion emissions, since the process is powered entirely by battery. 

 

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