Thursday 23 November 2017

NASA awards electric plane $1.35M

Pennsylvania-based Team Pipistrel-USA.com has won a $1.35 million prize from NASA for its electric-powered plane.

NASA awards electric plane $1.35M

The team won the CAFE Green Flight Challenge and the largest award ever given by the space agency after its Taurus G4 electric airplane flew a 200-mile course that began and ended at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., in less than two hours using just a half-gallon of gas for each person aboard.

 

 

The winning aircraft features a dual-fuselage design, ultralight 75-foot wingspan and a 6.5-foot-wide propeller powered by 450 pounds of lithium-polymer batteries.