Monday, June 22, 2009

(World’s fastest electric airplane hits the sky)

Research indicates that aviation is the fastest growing source of CO2 and with more and more people opting for the fastest way to commute, the figures are bound to reach staggering heights in the next couple of decades. Greening airplanes isn’t an easy and a practically feasible task considering the demand for speedier planes is ever increasing. SkySpark, which took the sky for the first time on June 10, is definitely a stepping stone toward greener aviation.

The 100% electricity-powered airplane made a world record by reaching a top speed of 250km/h. The airplane is a specially built Pioneer Alpi 300, which is now powered by a 75KW brushless electric motor fueled by an array of lithium-polymer batteries. The team behind the development is looking forward for better range and more speed using engine technology that runs on hydrogen fuel cells.

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