Flight of an aeroplane with solid-state propulsion

  title={Flight of an aeroplane with solid-state propulsion},
  author={Haofeng Xu and Y. He and Kieran L. Strobel and Christopher K. Gilmore and S. Kelley and C. C. Hennick and T. Sebastian and M. Woolston and D. Perreault and S. Barrett},
  • Haofeng Xu, Y. He, +7 authors S. Barrett
  • Published 2018
  • Engineering, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Since the first aeroplane flight more than 100 years ago, aeroplanes have been propelled using moving surfaces such as propellers and turbines. Most have been powered by fossil-fuel combustion. Electroaerodynamics, in which electrical forces accelerate ions in a fluid1,2, has been proposed as an alternative method of propelling aeroplanes—without moving parts, nearly silently and without combustion emissions3–6. However, no aeroplane with such a solid-state propulsion system has yet flown. Here… CONTINUE READING
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