Sky's the Limit: SkySpark 100% Electric Airplane Sets New Speed Record


Photo: SkySpark

New Speed Record for an Electric Airplane, That Is...

Flying is currently the fastest-growing source of CO2, and is expected to keep growing rapidly in the next 20 years. We're still at the early stage of finding greener alternatives to our current planes (other than not flying and ground transportation), but each new milestone is important. One of those was the new electric flight speed record set by the SkySpark 100% electric plane. More details and videos of the flight below.


Photo: SkySpark

The plane is a specially built Pioneer Alpi 300 powered by a 75kW electric motor using brushless technology and lithium polymer batteries.

The SkySpark team wrote on its website:

On june 10, 2009 at 8:09 pm SkySpark took off for the first time from the Turin Aeritalia airport. The goal to fly during the prestigious World Air Games 2009 has been reached. The flight is part of a long series of tests preparing the second phase of the challenge: to fly with idrogen fuel cells. [...]

Very large attendance for the SkySpark flight early today. Maurizio Cheli managed to fly during 8 mn reaching a top speed of 250 km/h, a record for a 100% electrically powered aircraft.

Of course that speed is a snail's pace compared to what some regular planes can achieve, but you have to start somewhere.

For those who don't know who Maurizio Cheli is, he's a European Space Agency astronaut who flew aboard the NASA space shuttle in 1996.

Here are a couple of videos (in Italian) showing the first flight and more about the SkySpark electric plane:


Via Skyspark, EAA Autobloggreen

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Tags: Electric Vehicles | Transportation