Plans for Regional Hydrogen-Electric Passenger Aircraft

HES Energy Systems revealed its plans for Element One, the world’s first regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft. They have been developing hydrogen propulsion systems for drones for the last 12 years. Element One merges HES’ ultra-light hydrogen fuel cell technologies with a distributed electric aircraft propulsion design. With virtually no change to its current drone-scale systems, …

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Nine-passenger all electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021

Israeli startup Eviation is making a nine-passenger all-electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021. It will take 9 passengers up to 650 miles at a cruise speed of 240 knots. Alice uses distributed propulsion with one main pusher propeller at the tail and two pusher propellers at the wingtips to reduce drag, create redundancy, and improve …

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Elon has four year old idea for supersonic electric plane and Hypermach continues in stealth mode

On 2014, Nextbigfuture covered Elon Musk describing his belief that an electric supersonic vertical take-off passenger jet could be built. Elon Musk talked about the supersonic electric passenger VTOL plane in an interview with Joe Rogan. Other have patented VTOL passenger plane designs. Better batteries and new designs could make these planes work There is …

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China receiving the remainder of an order of twenty-four SU-35 Russian jets in 2018

China paid US$2.5 billion for twenty-four SU-35 fighter jets which have thrust-vectoring engines for super-maneuverability. The Su-35 is powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines and fitted with thrust-vectoring nozzles enabling it to perform post-stall maneuvers at low speeds. The Su-35 also features a multifunctional radar capable of tracking up to 30 targets simultaneously – and …

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Commercial 1000 horsepower Gravity human flying suit will add 3d printed wings and AR displays

The first Gravity human flying suit was sold for 300,000 euros. Current versions of the suit sell for $440,000. They will add 3D printed wings for more efficient and faster flight. They will add AR displays. They will create an electric battery version. It has set a speed record of 32 miles per hour. It …

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Boeing reveals hypersonic passenger jet design and works with DARPA on spaceplane

Boeing revealed its first passenger-carrying hypersonic concept plane at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference in Atlanta this week. The passenger concept can be used for military or commercial applications. It is just one of several hypersonic vehicle concepts spanning a wide range of potential applications company engineers are studying. Engineers are working …

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Some details on China hypersonic engine factory

Fan Xuejun, head of Institute of Mechanics’ [hypersonic] “scramjet” division – focused on using high vehicle speed to compress incoming air forcefully before combustion – was lead scientist for the hypersonic project. Fan told the South China Morning Post that a hypersonic engine plant would make engines in a range of models for customers in …

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