(VIDEO) Chip Yates switches to Aircraft, doesn‘t forget speed records

15/07/2012

We introduced the FlightoftheCentury project in May and their crazy idea of a transatlantic flight with an electric aircraft that would be recharged by UAV batteries.


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Before the development of the IREF (Infinite Range Electric Flight) aircraft itself, Chip Yates does not forget his classics and we will soon attempt a speed record for an electric aircraft (currently held by the French CriCri with 283kph) on board the Electric Long-ESA.

From a Burt Rutan design, Flight Of The Century engineers built this prototype that will allow to test the electric drive and technology under development for the IREF.

Burt Rutan’s Long-EZ converted to electric has two records in sight, speed and altitude for an electric airplane with pilot, hence the name ESA (Electric Speed & Altitude), the record flights will be carried-out within the summer.

The first Taxiing tests of the Long-ESA took place this weekend.

Par Technologic Vehicles
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