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Aircraft with ion engine – no turbines or propellers becomes reality

Самолет с ионным двигателем - без турбин и пропеллеров - становится реальностью

Engineers from mit have created a prototype monolete machine capable of flying without mechanical engine. Aircraft with a wingspan of 5 meters to silently overcome 60 metres at a height of 47 cm (maybe flying would be more, be bigger the gym at mit). The experiment was repeated 10 times with the same success.

On the unit there are no propellers or turbines – but there are a number of plates and rods, connected through converters and transformers for lithium-polymer batteries. Under a lot of stress – 40,000 volts! – from positively charged electrodes (metal rods in the wing leading edge) to the negative (metal strips located behind them) begins to move the flow of ions. On their way they captivate and neutral air molecules, thereby creating thrust.

The principle is not new: almost 100 years ago, American scientists brown and Biefeld noticed that under high voltage design of thin and wide electrode begins to move. Since then, the phenomenon of ion wind wanted to apply in aviation, but failed (in particular, there was light and powerful enough batteries). But to observe the effect of Biffeld-brown on the model of wood, foil and wire to the electrodes is energized via the wiring harness.

The aircraft, assembled at mit, heavier and more such models: the batteries are in the right Board, so it weighs in at 2.26 kg This design is simple, it is silent and very eco-friendly is its major advantages compared to contemporary aircraft (such as airplanes, helicopters and even drones).

In order to apply this development in aviation, will need to work: jonalyn still need a very powerful power source. However, based on these prototypes, you can create hybrid engines – so say the inventors.

“Our car became the world’s first aircraft that took to the air with the help of the engine without moving parts. This opens the way to create a completely silent aircraft, is very simple from a mechanical point of view and not emitting exhaust gases,” said project leader, Professor of Aeronautics at MIT and Steven Barrett (Steven Barrett).

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