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Wednesday
Jul072010

CoolPix - Electric: EADS 4 Motor Electron Burning Cri Cri 

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 Holy electron Batman, electric airplanes are popping up all over the place these days!  I'm posting this CooPix, in the new 'Electric' category, as the fabulous Solar Impulse is well into its 24 hour solar powered electric flight... and working extremely well it seems. And this here pic is of a project revealed a few weeks back from EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) of an updated Cri Cri homebuilt that's powered by 4 small electric motors with counter rotating props.

 It's part of an effort to continue to push 'electric propulsion system' technologies forward opening the door to more potential aviation applications. This is actually a pretty exciting time as we're beginning to see a lot of progress being made in this area. The practical application of stored electric power for everyday aviation use is probably still a long a way off, but it wasn't very long ago when it really didn't seem like it could ever be practical. Barriers are being knocked down on a regular basis these days.

 This particular airplane, based on the rather amazing all metal Cri Cri homebuilt that was made somewhat popular in the 70's and 80's, is actually made with composites to further lighten the structure. They claim it will be able to fly for 30 minutes at about 70 mph. It may have made its first flight already, but I was unable to confirm that at the moment. It is however extremely cool to look at.. and to image what fun it might be running bugs thru those 4 cute little props : )

UPDATE: FlightGlobal.com story on the first flight of the EADS electric Cri Cri 

 

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The first time I see such a electric unique aircraft.

February 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAraav

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