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World Speed Record Set by 100% Electric Airplane

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June 25th, 2009 - View Comments

SkySpark Aircrafts are notorious for adding carbon content into the atmosphere because more and more people are choosing this mode of travel. We are trying to reduce carbon emissions on the ground. But we are not giving enough thought to reducing carbon content by aircrafts. Environmentalists are concerned that the figures are bound to reach staggering heights in the next couple of decades. Though it is a fact that manufacturing clean and green aircrafts is not an easy feat to achieve and people want faster aircrafts for commuting.

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On Wednesday, June 10, a NASA astronaut from Italy, Maurizio Cheli, set a world record for piloting the fully electric SkySpark. The flight lasted for eight-minute at the World Air Games 2009 in Turin, Italy. Maurizio Cheli hit a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). That’s a record speed for a 100-percent electrically powered aircraft.

This hydrogen fueled aircraft is equipped with a liquid-cooled Valentino synchronous motor by Sicme Motori. The project had been underway since September of 2007. Nonetheless SkySpark simply considers it an intermediate goal for the plane. They think that the aircraft can achieve the speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). While the development of hydrogen aircrafts are still in its nascent phase and this speed is barely significant when compared to some conventional planes, the future might still be bright. The SkySpark team is hopeful of improving the plane’s performance. Using a “hydrogen fuel cells powered engine,” they plan to increase the planes range as well as speed.

SkySpark, set a new milestone in the field of greener aviation which took the sky for the first time on June 10. SkySpark is the 100% electricity-powered airplane. When it touched the speed of 250 km/h it was considered a world record. The airplane is particularly built upon Pioneer Alpi 300. SkySpark is powered by a 75KW brushless electric motor fueled by a range of lithium-polymer batteries. The team that developed the SkySpark is aiming for better range and more speed using engine technology that runs on hydrogen fuel cells. The project is jointly taken by DigiSky and Turin Polytechnic University. DigiSky is an Italian engineering company specializing in aeronautical applications.

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  • K Franke

    How can a 100% electric plane be fueled by hydrogen? Wouldn’t it be a hydrogen fueled, electric plane? So, not 100% electric?

  • Rob Cannon

    Considering I work on aircraft… this airplane would be expensive! It won’t become reality in commercial airliners for a very long time. High Bypass Turbofan jet engines are still very efficient.

  • Eric Engler

    Trees and Plants are great at removing carbon content from the atmosphere.

  • Bibhu Sharma

    Alternatives should be discovered for the machines working in sky. they consume great energy resulting in greater green house gases production directly occupying the atmosphere! Any one has idea if hydrogen can be used in these aircrafts?

  • Daniel

    Can it also be considered safe given the high volatility of hydrogen?

  • Franklin Sunil

    Its really an appreciated development in the aviation history. Never mind that the plane runs on 100% electric or partly with hydrogen fueled engines, at least now we have taken steps to look up to clean up the darkened sky made by conventional liquid fuel aircraft. Congrats to the development team and keep up your sprits high.

  • Justin

    Regardless of the source of the electricity, it’s an all electric plane. The article states that currently the electricity is provided by batteries, but it seems that they are planning to provide the electricity via hydrogen fuel cell. This would likely still require batteries for storage of electricity and back-up purposes.

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