The racing plane is hoped to be the fastest electric plane in existence.
- The electric aircraft industry is just starting to get off the ground, with Siemens breaking the world record for the fastest electric aircraft in 2017.
- With ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight), Rolls-Royce intends to beat that record in the spring of 2020.
- While these are existing developments, the field of electric aviation has significant challenges to face before we can expect to see electric long-distance passenger planes.
Following two deadly crashes, the FAA has been engaged in a lengthy review process of the Boeing 737. With recent news that the review may continue into 2020, Boeing has opted to halt production of the plane.
- Boeing has decided to halt the production of the 737 Max after the FAA announced that its review of the plane will extend into 2020.
- After two recent and deadly crashes, the FAA has grounded all 737-model planes.
- The news spells financial trouble for Boeing, especially since another one of its major planes — the 787 Dreamliner — has been receiving significant quality complaints.
New technology offers us a look at the green future of aviation and cargo shipping.
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- A solar-powered airship built by a U.K.-based company could be a groundbreaking way to freight cargo internationally with lower emissions, and a big step towards a 100 percent renewable world.
- Varialift's airship will use helium gas to lift off, which is a great deal safer than the hydrogen that airships of the past used.
- It's been estimated that the cost of the Varialift aircraft would be comparable to a jumbo jet.
- The experimental X-57 Maxwell is the agency's first all-electric plane.
- It will also be the first manned X-plane that NASA has tested in decades.
- Electric planes could help to significantly lower the environmental costs of flying, but it'll likely be at least a decade before these aircraft hit the commercial market.
We need electric planes, sustainable aviation fuels, and hybrid propulsion now, not later.