Racing and Road Cars and Air Craft
Many don't realize when auto racing rules stopped technology improvements. You'll find interesting.
Quick history of how engineers are inspired to solve problems in these 3 slightly different applications of technologies.
The plane – SolarStratos
THE AIRPLANE AT A GLANCE
Length 8.5 meters
Wingspan 24.9 meters
Weight 450 kg
Autonomy more than 24 hours
Propulsion propeller, 2.2 m, 4 blades
Engine electrical, max. 32 kW / 2200 rpm
Engine efficiency 90%
Two seater in tandem
Solar cells 22 m2
Norway will make all short-haul flights electric by 2040
Interesting news item that Norway is going to try to use electric planes (not in production yet) to make all short-haul flights by 2040. They mention a few potential manufacturers Wright Electric, Boeing, Airbus, Siemens.
An all-electric two-seater vertical take off and landing personal aircraft:
Personal aircraft aiming to take off from your home
Lillium: The Private VTOL Plane Of A Quieter Future
"The European Space Agency is incubating a new kind of aircraft. ... The planned two-seater will be all-electric...
Leading advocates of electric technology for aviation will meet later this month at the Museum of Flight in Seattle to offer an all-day symposium that's free and open to the public. The event will feature talks by Erik Lindbergh, founder of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize; George Bye, CEO...