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Ionic Wind-Powered Planes

MIT's Electroaerodynamic Plane Could Change the Future of Airplanes

— November 26, 2018 — Eco
Typical jets rely on fast-moving blades for propulsion but this new electroaerodynamic plane manages to fly without the need of any moving parts. Developed by researchers at MIT, this electroaerodynamic plane utilizes a pair of electrodes to push ions and essentially create ionic wind. Though this technology has been known since the 1960s, this is the first time it has been applied to propel a plane.

While this technology may never be used to power a passenger plane, MIT researchers speculate that the electroaerodynamic plane could be used to power smaller drones. Alternatively, the tech could be used in passenger planes in combination with traditional plane engines. This combination would craft a more fuel-efficient system by reenergizing the air that passes over the aircraft and eliminating drag.


Image Credit: MIT
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