Building Urban Air Mobility Could Require Looking Outside Helicopter Industry

By Nick Zazulia and S.L. Fuller | March 1, 2018 The rotorcraft industry has been ripe with urban air mobility talk for nearly one year, as Uber introduced its idea for a new electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi ecosystem May 2017. Since that time, the conversation has begun to focus not on … More Building Urban Air Mobility Could Require Looking Outside Helicopter Industry

But now a research group called Team FAST, comprising students at the Technical University Eindhoven (TUE), in the Netherlands, thinks it has the hydrogen storage problem licked.

One problem that has been plaguing the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles is that hydrogen gas needs to be stored and transported in expensive pressurized tanks. Liquid energy carriers such as hydrogen dissolved in a salt solution are viewed as possible alternatives, but they’re also fraught with problems including the accumulation of byproducts. The simplest hydrogen carrier is water. But splitting hydrogen from … More But now a research group called Team FAST, comprising students at the Technical University Eindhoven (TUE), in the Netherlands, thinks it has the hydrogen storage problem licked.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested the first aircraft to be powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system

An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine – the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight – has been successfully tested in the UK, an important early step towards cleaner, low-carbon air travel. Although hybrid cars have been available for more than a decade, what’s been holding back the development of hybrid or … More Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested the first aircraft to be powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system

Project Zero” All-Electric Tilt Rotor Technology Demonstrator International Collaboration

Officially unveiled on March 4th, just prior to the Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, USA, the revolutionary AgustaWestland “Project Zero” all-electric tiltrotor technology demonstrator is the result of close collaborations with Finmeccanica companies – Selex ES, Ansaldo Breda, and Ansaldo Energia – and partner companies from Italy, U.K., U.S.A. and Japan. Dr. James Wang, Vice … More Project Zero” All-Electric Tilt Rotor Technology Demonstrator International Collaboration

AgustaWestland Engineers Recognized With Three Prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society Awards

The most prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace honouring achievement, innovation and excellence • Project Zero all-electric tiltrotor team wins another prestigious award. • Invention, design, test and certification of the Obstacle Proximity LIDAR System recognized. • Young engineer’s skills recognized. Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that its engineers exceptional work has … More AgustaWestland Engineers Recognized With Three Prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society Awards

All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight

All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight  By James Holloway Czech light aircraft specialist Evektor-Aerotechnik has announced the maiden flight of its all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater airplane. On March 28, the EPOS made two back-to-back flights with a combined flight time of 30 minutes. The EPOS, the name of which derives from “electric-powered small aircraft,” is powered by … More All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight

EVEKTOR INTRODUCES SPORTSTAR EPOS PLUS WITH THE NEW 100 HP ELECTRIC ENGINE AT AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

9.4.2014 – Electric powered aircraft SportStar EPOS made the first public debut at Aero 2013, just after its first aircraft flight. After following 12 months of SportStar EPOS flight testing Evektor is introducing  further innovations at Aero 2014. Major innovation is a new even more powerful engine delivering 75 kW continuous power, it means more … More EVEKTOR INTRODUCES SPORTSTAR EPOS PLUS WITH THE NEW 100 HP ELECTRIC ENGINE AT AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight

By James Holloway   The all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater in flight [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P6ba7IddIlE] Czech light aircraft specialist Evektor-Aerotechnik has announced the maiden flight of its all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater airplane. On March 28, the EPOS made two back-to-back flights with a combined flight time of 30 minutes. The EPOS, the name of which derives from “electric-powered small … More All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight

Analysts See Growing Market For Electric Aircraft

Examples Range From Sailplanes To Hybrid Helicopters Powered By Solar Energy, Batteries A new study from ASD Reports examines the possible future role of electric aircraft as part of the aviation landscape. The report posits that electric aircraft serve the need for reduced noise, air and ground pollution and reduced global warming. According to the … More Analysts See Growing Market For Electric Aircraft

CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium: 2013

January 2, 2013 The 7th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS VII), April 26, 27 of 2013 is delighted to confirm several outanding presenters. Headlining EAS VII will be NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell on “Frontiers of Exotic Energetics”,Pipistrel’s Tine Tomazic on “Hybrid Panthera” and the “Ideal Electric Trainer” and photovoltaic breakthrough developer Dr. Loren Kaake of UC … More CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium: 2013

A Layer of Graphene, A Layer of Nanowires…

  by DEAN SIGLER on 12/30/2012 Combine nano-anything with graphene, and that seems to describe most of what’s driving physics and chemistry laboratories at our major universities.  The blog reported last week on Princeton researchers who’ve created a thin, flexible solar cell that absorbs 96-percent of received light and draws energy from off-axis and varied wavelengths of light. MIT researchers, too, … More A Layer of Graphene, A Layer of Nanowires…

Volta Volaré’s futuristic GT4 e-hybrid airplane available for order

Volta Volaré has begun taking orders for its four-seater GT4 hybrid private aircraft it calls “the most technologically advanced private aircraft available anywhere on Earth.” Though the GT4 is perfectly capable of taking off and flying powered only electrically, a gas engine starts when the airplane’s battery drops to 25 percent capacity in order to … More Volta Volaré’s futuristic GT4 e-hybrid airplane available for order