Sep 13, 2010
Sep 2, 2010
After taking to the skies with an algae powered plane, EADS has unveiled the first electric powered, fully aerobatic four engine airplane at the Aviation Show in Paris. Based on the tiny twin engine Cri-Cri airplane developed by Michael Colomban in France during the 1970s, the latest aircraft is touted as a technology demonstrator by EADS. And unlike a big A380, the all electric Aerobatic Airplane is merely one seater but incorporates various technologies that include lightweight composite structures that compensate for the additional weight of the batteries, four brushless electric motors with counter-rotating propellers, and considerably low noise to that of thermal propulsion and high energy-density Lithium batteries. With its wingspan of just under 13 feet, plane has a flight time, as per company claims, of up to 30 minutes at 110 km/h, 15 minutes of autonomous aerobatics at speeds reaching up to 250 km/h, and a climb rate of approximately 5.3 m/sec.