Rolls-Royce is developing electric aircraft to record flight speed
Equipment manufacturers are trying to minimize the emission of harmful substances into the air, therefore, translate into electrical energy not only cars but also airplanes. Unfortunately, air transport until sufficiently developed to operate smoothly over tens of hours and fly at high speed. Nevertheless, manufacturers are constantly trying to achieve the best results. So, in 2017 the speed record set electric aircraft Siemens, but its achievement will soon be beaten - a new record is going to be a plane Rolls-Royce.
Siemens aircraft called Extra 330LE year ago, has a top speed 337, 5 km / h. Rolls-Royce company is confident that in 2020, its aircraft will be able to accelerate to 480 km / h and is easy to break this record. Moreover, its members hope that someday they will create a flying device, which will be faster seaplane Supermarine S.6B, in 1931 received the Schneider Cup for the development speed of 655, 8 km / h.
Development of a powerful aircraft carried out under the ACCEL program to accelerate the flight on electric motors. Work is conducted in a small English town of Staverton Airport. Engineers working on the project Roll-Royce, manufacturer of electric YASA experts and members of the aviation startup Electroflight.
The companies intend to equip the aircraft battery at 6000 cells. According to them, it will be the most energy-intensive battery ever installed on the aircraft, and enough energy for non-stop flight from London to Paris. Thanks to him, the power of the three engines YASA 750R reaches a crazy 750 kW - no doubt they will be very warm, so the researchers will create an advanced cooling system. The blades will be spinning at a speed of 2400 rev / min. Engineers also plan to equip the aircraft with sensors that will monitor the 20,000 points in the transmission and provide performance data.
ACCEL project manager Matthew Parr announced that the plane will attempt to break the record as early as 2020, on the runway of the coast of Wales. Before that, the team intends to test the plane in difficult conditions and make sure that it is sufficiently powerful and maneuverable.
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