New Technology - Aviation

Nov. 29, 2018

Published on 21 Nov 2018
Researchers used high-voltage electrodes to ionize air and accelerate it, the resulting ionic wind produces a thrust force in the opposite direction to ion flow. In the future, the "ion drive" concept could be used to power cleaner and quieter aeroplanes.

Research: Flight of an aeroplane with solid-state propulsion
Haofeng Xu, Yiou He, Kieran L. Strobel, Christopher K. Gilmore, Sean P. Kelley, Cooper C. Hennick, Thomas Sebastian, Mark R. Woolston, David J. Perreault & Steven R. H. Barrett
Nature, DOI:10.1038/s41586-018-0707-9
Video footage courtesy of Steven Barrett
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