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At the air show in Dubai presented the first electric "racing" aircraft

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At the air show in Dubai presented the first electric "racing" aircraft

At the air show in Dubai, the presentation of various kinds of aviation innovations continues. One of those that attracted special attention was the first electric "racing" aircraft.


We are talking about an electric aircraft, designed primarily for high-speed aerobatics at low altitudes as part of special competitions in the light-motor class aviation. Often, these competitions are called aviation Formula 1.

The electric aircraft E-Racer, presented to the public at the aviation salon in the UAE, was created by specialists from the British company Team Condor. The creators of the electric airplane say that the Cassutt aviation class was chosen as the basis (these are single-seat light-engine aircraft developed in the United States at the beginning of the 50's).

The electric aircraft E-Racer uses a twin power plant Contra Electric, which propels the propeller with the so-called opposite rotation.

An electric motor allows the aircraft to reach speeds of up to 483 km / h (300 mph). The maximum power installed for racing on the E-Racer will be 150 kW. An 100-kilogram lithium battery is installed under the fuselage of the aircraft, which will ensure the 10-minute high-speed flight with reduced engine power.

The model of the electric aircraft received the working name "White Lightning". The total cost of the British project to create such an aircraft was about 13 million pounds (this is approximately 1,07 billion rubles). The project manager is Richard Glassock, a researcher at the University of Nottingham.

It is reported that for the first time "White Lightning" will take part in air races tomorrow - November 19.
Photos used:
Team Condor / E-Racer, https://www.indiastrategic.in
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  1. Teberii
    Teberii 18 November 2019 08: 02 New
    +5
    The main thing is that the batteries are enough for the flight. And so the idea is not bad.
    1. Civil
      Civil 18 November 2019 08: 16 New
      -5
      Again a propeller, or maybe there is an electric analogue of a jet engine?
      1. Mastrer
        Mastrer 18 November 2019 08: 24 New
        +8
        Yes, but in terrestrial conditions current models are poorly applicable.
        1. hrych
          hrych 18 November 2019 23: 49 New
          +4
          The total cost of the British project to create such an aircraft amounted to about 13 million pounds (about 1,07 billion rubles).

          For a billion rubles? Such a dull hat?
          Quote: Mastrer
          Yes, but in terrestrial conditions current models are poorly applicable

          One hell, in order to get electricity and charge this hat, you need to burn hydrocarbon, ruin the landscape with a dam or use a nuclear reactor. The battery is also the battery, which is the transmission link from the burned fuel to the device. And with losses. And tolerances, all kinds of garcons, etc. And do we need these intermediaries? wassat Feel free to burn hydrocarbon in your internal combustion engine, spin the propeller with it and fly to health, and most importantly ... no billion wassat
      2. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 18 November 2019 08: 36 New
        +3
        10 minute speed flight
        There are no rechargeable sockets in the air!
        1. rhino
          rhino 18 November 2019 10: 11 New
          +2
          They will make not a tanker, but a flying power bank. Who cares ???
        2. Uncle lee
          Uncle lee 18 November 2019 12: 26 New
          +4
          Put a plus who has a socket! repeat
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 18 November 2019 14: 31 New
            +1
            There are ten outlets around the house, but I was able to put a plus on only one smile
            1. Uncle lee
              Uncle lee 18 November 2019 14: 36 New
              +2
              Kostya hi Everyone has sockets at home. I asked who has in the sky ..... what
              1. Catfish
                Catfish 18 November 2019 14: 39 New
                +2
                Volodya hi , I can’t say anything about heaven, not my diocese ... for now ... And about the plus, I respect people with a sense of humor. drinks
                1. Uncle lee
                  Uncle lee 18 November 2019 14: 59 New
                  +3
                  In the words of John Silver - Pirates love a good joke and know how to have fun .... laughing
                  1. Catfish
                    Catfish 18 November 2019 15: 48 New
                    +1
                    Silver himself was a clever man and possessed this very feeling, very good. well managed to convey this to Oleg Borisov. smile
                    1. Uncle lee
                      Uncle lee 19 November 2019 02: 08 New
                      +2
                      I like Boris Andreev more!
              2. Omskgasmyas
                Omskgasmyas 18 November 2019 17: 18 New
                0
                Plus, as expected, grounded, minus threw up, catch it!
              3. Denimax
                Denimax 18 November 2019 17: 44 New
                0
                Why an outlet? It is necessary to fly into a thundercloud, maybe it will recharge.))
        3. abrakadabre
          abrakadabre 18 November 2019 12: 43 New
          +3
          There are no rechargeable sockets in the air!
          Make a descent current collector, like a tram, and fly along electric lines. wassat
          1. Uncle lee
            Uncle lee 18 November 2019 13: 44 New
            +2
            Quote: abrakadabre
            along power lines.

            TRAMWAY turns out! good
      3. Stas157
        Stas157 18 November 2019 09: 24 New
        +5
        Quote: Civil
        Again a propeller, or maybe there is an electric analogue of a jet engine?

        Electric plane E-FAN. Designed by Airbus. Its electric fans imitate, give a similar stream, as on a turbofan.
      4. Ross xnumx
        Ross xnumx 18 November 2019 09: 40 New
        +1
        Quote: Civil
        maybe jet engine analog there is?

        Only this:
      5. Skay
        Skay 18 November 2019 09: 42 New
        +2
        But maybe there is an electrical analogue of a jet engine?

        There is. The impeller is called. But he is more a jet engine simulator than an analogue. And he has lower efficiency.
    2. Alexander Petrov1
      Alexander Petrov1 18 November 2019 08: 17 New
      +6
      Until super light and at the same time super powerful batteries are invented, electric planes will not develop.
      1. igordok
        igordok 18 November 2019 11: 10 New
        0
        Place a wind generator and power the electric motor from it. wink
        Almost a perpetual motion machine. wink
    3. bessmertniy
      bessmertniy 18 November 2019 08: 21 New
      +4
      The attempt is not torture. For a variety of flying races, the model is quite decent.
    4. YOUR
      YOUR 18 November 2019 08: 41 New
      +5
      Everything happens once. Previously, a flashlight on a fresh battery shone for half an hour and that's it. Now there are compact batteries on which the flashlight can work continuously for XNUMX hours.
      1. dvina71
        dvina71 18 November 2019 09: 11 New
        +9
        Quote: YOUR
        . Previously, a flashlight on a fresh battery shone for half an hour and that's all

        Only a revolution occurred in emitters, not power supplies. It was possible to sharply reduce consumption, and the battery capacity has not changed much.
        1. Fikys
          Fikys 18 November 2019 09: 42 New
          +5
          You are not quite right. The capacity of batteries (cells) also changed significantly. Compare the capacity of the element "373" of Soviet times and the capacity of the element, for example, "Durasel" D. Batteries - too. Compare the mass dimensions of lead-acid and lithium polymers of the same capacity. The difference too - at times.
        2. venik
          venik 18 November 2019 09: 44 New
          -1
          Quote: dvina71
          It was possible to sharply reduce consumption, and the battery capacity has not changed much.

          =========
          Oh oh Those. want to say that lithium ion batteries have the same specific capacity as the good old ones nickel cadmium??? Whatever the case !! MUCH higher !!!
          1. Cheerock
            Cheerock 18 November 2019 10: 46 New
            +2
            Quote: venik
            Quote: dvina71
            It was possible to sharply reduce consumption, and the battery capacity has not changed much.

            =========
            Oh oh Those. want to say that lithium ion batteries have the same specific capacity as the good old ones nickel cadmium??? Whatever the case !! MUCH higher !!!

            Panasonic launched its first lithium-ion battery more than 20 years ago. Since then, nothing has changed dramatically in its capacity.
            1. venik
              venik 18 November 2019 15: 18 New
              0
              Quote: CheeRock
              Panasonic launched its first lithium-ion battery more than 20 years ago. Since then, nothing has changed dramatically in its capacity.

              ========
              You know, actually “Li-ion” batteries were invented back in the late 70s by an American scientist (I forgot my last name), but the first serial industrial Li-ion battery introduced not Panasonic, but Toshiba - back in 1991 !!! True, they became widespread only in the late 90s - early 2000s!
              Compared with the good old nickel-cadmium, they had MUCH higher power density: before 240 Wh / kg against 45-65 Wh / kg !!!
              More capacious batteries have been developed: silver-zinc (up to 425 Wh / kg and lithium sulfur (approx. 480 Wh / kg), but due to “congenital malformations” that have still not been overcome, they still have an extremely LIMITED scope!
              Therefore, your "comment on comment" YOUR (Vladimir) , no matter how it makes sense - it is RIGHT! Not only progress in radiation sources, but also in power supplies (!) led to the fact that Chinese [/ i] a flashlight that was in my childhood (by the way - very qualitative!) - it worked 1 - 1.5 hours, and the Chinese flashlight (by the way - not the best quality!) which lies in my pocket today - works [i] for almost a day!!! request
              1. Cheerock
                Cheerock 21 November 2019 11: 38 New
                0
                Therefore, your "commentary on commentary" YOUR (Vladimir), as if it does not make sense

                The meaning is very simple. The most common lithium battery is Panasonic. For 20 years, its capacity has not changed dramatically. There is no breakthrough in energy storage devices either. In my sports car, I use Li-Fe-Po, for example. Yes, the recoil current is impressive, but the dimensions are impressive, and the price is impressive: the 40th ampere hours cost almost 100 tyr. At the same time, do not start in the cold, do not overheat, do not discharge to zero, and there are many more different "nots."
                Expensive, uncomfortable, unsafe. And there is no progress.
        3. Ross xnumx
          Ross xnumx 18 November 2019 09: 46 New
          +2
          Quote: dvina71
          Only a revolution occurred in emitters, not power supplies.

          Do not tell! The battery capacity has increased significantly, but there’s no way to save energy - you can’t just take and reduce the power consumption without changing the power of the engine itself. It is another matter if an energy source appears that has different principles of accumulation.
          1. Elephant
            Elephant 18 November 2019 10: 29 New
            0
            Meanwhile, in Spain, the local Graphenano and the Chinese are building a plant for the production of graphene batteries.
          2. dvina71
            dvina71 18 November 2019 17: 01 New
            0
            Quote: ROSS 42
            Battery capacity increased

            Alkaline, acidic and other other chemicals - no. It’s just that every chemical reaction has a dependency on the components. Say alkaline batteries can stably and for a long time give a strong current, the acid one has a token of the starting current, which is several times larger than the current discharge .. look at the label carefully .. you have the capacity and current .. there are still no lithium batteries for cars and there are reasons for this ... but there are such batteries for the electric car .. So no revolution in chemical reactions has happened ... and for a long time the acid ones will be the main ones for cars ... and turbines for planes ..
      2. Astra wild
        Astra wild 18 November 2019 17: 09 New
        0
        My father had a flashlight with a flat battery, even now I remember the name KBSL, and then he bought a Polish battery. The neighbors had a Soviet one, they worked on large, like 5 rubles, batteries.
        1. venik
          venik 18 November 2019 18: 48 New
          0
          Quote: Astra wild
          My father had a flashlight with a flat battery, even now I remember the name KBSL, and then he bought a Polish battery. The neighbors had a Soviet one, they worked on large, like 5 rubles, batteries.

          =======
          Wow good And my bati still had an army (WWII) aircraft flashlight - so it generally worked WITHOUT any BATTERIES !!!
          Think - "bullshit"? No matter how! IN FACT!!! There was a "pedal" (dropped the clamp - and work with your hand! Buzzing and shines!). It was just that there was a built-in miniature dynamo! Cool gizmo (only a palm quickly tired) !.
          1. Astra wild
            Astra wild 18 November 2019 21: 46 New
            +1
            Phi "America discovered." I know such a flashlight well: his mother-in-law called it a "bug" - small and black. I still had it 5 years ago, but where now? I haven’t seen it for a long time. 2 years ago I saw modern electro-dynamic lights on the market, but they left me indifferent: nothing to do with my childhood
  2. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 18 November 2019 08: 33 New
    +1
    Visually, it reminds me of racing planes on which Doolittle still flew))))
    1. venik
      venik 18 November 2019 18: 49 New
      +1
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Visually, it reminds me of racing planes on which Doolittle still flew))))

      ========
      Ha, Nazarius! Do you think they have changed MUCH since then?
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 18 November 2019 08: 44 New
    +2
    Would write simply, a coaxial rotation screw. And then Google was transferred laughing
    Battery for an hour of flight, it turns out at least half a ton? For such a small aircraft, the weight is excessive.
    What should I do. Despite all the extremely rapid improvement of the batteries, the specific capacity must be at least doubled ...
    1. Mordvin 3
      Mordvin 3 18 November 2019 09: 01 New
      +2
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Battery for an hour of flight, it turns out at least half a ton? For such a small aircraft, the weight is excessive.
      Under the fuselage of the aircraft, an 100-kilogram lithium battery is installed, which will provide an 10-minute high-speed flight with reduced engine power.
      At xnumx minutes, however. Take off and sit down. yes Well, fly a bit like plywood over Paris.
      1. Astra wild
        Astra wild 18 November 2019 17: 11 New
        +1
        If only not one way flight.
    2. Fikys
      Fikys 18 November 2019 09: 46 New
      +1
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Battery for an hour of flight, it turns out at least half a ton? For such a small aircraft, the weight is excessive.

      This is a specialized aircraft, in fact, a sports equipment. He does not need an hour of flight, the duration of the speech is less than ten minutes.
    3. venik
      venik 18 November 2019 18: 58 New
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Despite all the extremely rapid improvement of the batteries, the specific capacity must be at least doubled ...

      ========
      Eugene! Batteries have already appeared which in terms of power density exceed lithium-ion (and lithium-polymer - too) - at least DOUBLE! Alas! Due to purely operational issues (and fantastic value) - They did not get wide distribution!
      Maybe these are exactly the ones on this airplane (silver-zinc or lithium-sulfur) ??
      What they write "lithium-ion" - it may turn out to be a "deso"! request
  4. arsenide
    arsenide 18 November 2019 09: 47 New
    0
    Quote: dvina71
    Quote: YOUR
    . Previously, a flashlight on a fresh battery shone for half an hour and that's all

    Only a revolution occurred in emitters, not power supplies. It was possible to sharply reduce consumption, and the battery capacity has not changed much.

    Then compare the dimensions of the similar capacity of lead and lithium batteries
  5. Basarev
    Basarev 18 November 2019 10: 29 New
    +1
    10 minutes is enough, tea is not a liner. For longer flights, fuel cells are better suited.
  6. gridasov
    gridasov 18 November 2019 11: 23 New
    +3
    I bought an electric scooter for the children. A month went by and bam died. For no reason, just turned off. So I’m thinking about a dozen connecting points, where, simply due to the contour processes, it jumps to ON and OFF micro-breakdown and the conductivity changes. Each individual device affects the operation of the controller and the control unit. But the scooter took and got down from it, and the airplane then flies and falls. Therefore, all this bragging is not from the mind and the decisions should be different. Guaranteeing complete safety from outages and unintentional falls
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 18 November 2019 12: 15 New
      +3
      Quote: gridasov
      and the plane then flies and falls.

      And there is no outlet for recharging! belay I wrote about this above, but people were offended ... fellow
      1. gridasov
        gridasov 18 November 2019 14: 19 New
        +1
        As my brother taught me, the people are a herd of what they teach and feed and live on. Therefore, how are they offended at me for what they are told about the case. Never mind.
        1. Uncle lee
          Uncle lee 18 November 2019 14: 25 New
          +1
          Quote: gridasov
          on business

          But inadequate divorced, not in the case .... This confuses me. hi
          1. gridasov
            gridasov 18 November 2019 14: 28 New
            0
            Nothing should confuse - this is a reality that we do not always like. I’ve been talking about new types of mover for years, and it’s not strange that sometimes they ask what kind of beast. But they don’t make contact and ask for open description. This is normal?
            1. Uncle lee
              Uncle lee 18 November 2019 14: 38 New
              +1
              I don’t know ... People have different interests and needs.
  7. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 18 November 2019 12: 13 New
    0
    Flight to nowhere. Interestingly our billionaires are interested?
  8. Astra wild
    Astra wild 18 November 2019 16: 58 New
    +1
    I present a picture of such a plane flying, and the pilot shouts: where is the socket !!!
    He drives very electric scooters past my house, and one of them felt that he shouldn’t drag him to the apartment, he carries an extension cord with him. Now electric planes have appeared, which is next in line: electric power?