Rolls-Royce has run tests of the Spirit of Innovation electric aircraft, which is to become the world’s fastest electrically powered aircraft. The world record is expected to be set this spring. The Spirit of Innovation should hit the 300 mph (482 km / h) speed mark, a third faster than the previous record.
The current world speed record for electric aircraft was set by the Siemens Extra 330LE in 2017 at 210 mph (338 km / h). The Siemens Extra 330LE propulsion system had a power of 260 kW. The Rolls-Royce Spirit of Innovation has a 400 kW (500 h.p.)… It is expected that this will allow him to accelerate to speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour and set a new world record.
According to the developers, a 6,000-cell battery is housed in the aircraft to power the electric motor, making it the “most power-hungry” element ever installed on an electric aircraft. The developers hope that in the future, the design techniques and technical solutions that Rolls-Royce will test with the Spirit of Innovation can be used in a wide range of solutions, including air taxi.
“This is the first time an airplane will fly using a state-of-the-art battery and propulsion system that is innovative in terms of electrical technology. Said Rob Watson, director of Rolls-Royce Electrical. – This system and the capabilities being developed will help position Rolls-Royce as a technology leader in providing power systems for the urban air mobility market. ”
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