Electric airplane wins big money

NASA has awarded a Pennsylvania company gift of $ 1350000 for the development of ultra-efficient electric aircraft.

Tauro won G4 plane flew 200 miles from Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California., In less than two hours.

CNN reported that the plane was created by State College. There are 14 aircraft in the competition, but Pipistrel won easily. It is almost "doubled the fuel efficiency requirements" for the contest.

Requirement was to fly 200 miles in two hours or less in less than a gallon of gasoline (or equivalent in power) for each passenger. Pipistrel aircraft used slightly more than half a gallon of gasoline per passenger. Most of the aircraft in the contest to using electric motors, however, some participants supported by gasoline or biofuels.

The team leader Jack W. Langelaan said, "Two years ago the idea of ​​flying 200 miles to 100 miles per hour in an electric airplane is pure science fiction. Now, we all hope for the future provision of aviation. "

Including 14 aircraft in the competition, only three meet the requirements of competence, according to the press, D-Santa Rosa. $ 1,350,000 prize was the largest in aviation history. In total, the teams compete to spend more than $ 4 million on their aircraft.

Wired magazine reported that the winner of the aircraft "was developed and built in Slovenia as a technology demonstrator for the aircraft manufacturer." And while the company has no plans to mass produce the plane, "going to use liquid-cooled electric propulsion system in a four-seat aircraft which is developing and hopes to fly next year. "

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