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NASA is experiencing an unusual electric wing with 18 engines.

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NASA has begun testing its new product, the Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech) electric wing. This unit is significantly different from traditional aircraft wings, as it is equipped with 18-th miniature electric motors, according to the portal Gearmix with reference to Slashgear.

NASA is experiencing an unusual electric wing with 18 engines.


“The wing uses a battery based on lithium-iron phosphate to power its engines, and each engine can be controlled independently, which allows the flight engineers to optimize their speed for maximum performance,” writes the publication.

According to the resource, the wing does not imply the development of high speeds, "but it will be three times faster than the solar" Solar Impulse 2 ", which bends around the Earth at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour."

The device is developed by two private companies ESAero and Joby Aviation. NASA hopes electric motors will become “an essential part aviation industry ”, because, according to experts, they are safe, environmentally friendly and effective.

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  1. avvg
    avvg 24 March 2015 12: 33
    +17
    It would be nice if we, too, in the development of innovation would be on top, but there Chubais, wait for the failure.
    1. bort4145
      bort4145 24 March 2015 12: 36
      +4
      The more complex the technique, the higher the possibility of failure. Note the fuselage / wing ratio.
      The direction is interesting, but electric motors will be inferior to conventional ones for a long time.
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      3. jktu66
        jktu66 24 March 2015 12: 52
        +1
        The direction is interesting, but electric motors will be inferior to conventional ones for a long time.
        Who knows? a hundred years ago, war was fought on plywood planes, and now every few years new generations of fighter jets smile
      4. SSR
        SSR 24 March 2015 13: 47
        +1
        Quote: bort4145
        The more complex the technique, the higher the possibility of failure. Note the fuselage / wing ratio.
        The direction is interesting, but electric motors will be inferior to conventional ones for a long time.

        Already not a fact. The technology has been partially developed on cars and locomotives.
      5. chunga-changa
        chunga-changa 24 March 2015 14: 38
        +2
        Quote: bort4145
        electric motors will be inferior to conventional for a long time

        For fifteen years now, electric motors have surpassed ICEs in terms of efficiency and price. The only problem is the power source.
      6. Kolka82
        Kolka82 24 March 2015 15: 27
        +1
        So I'm not an aviator engineer, but the proportions of the wing and fuselage somehow confused me. One should be guided by Mother Nature - the winglets (tips on the wing of an airplane) were copied while watching the flights of "soaring birds".
      7. zennon
        zennon 24 March 2015 18: 26
        0
        Quote: bort4145
        but electric motors will still be inferior to conventional ones for a long time.

        Yes, not electric motors. They just have crazy efficiency, but energy. In short, we need efficient generating devices.
    2. Giant thought
      Giant thought 24 March 2015 13: 07
      +2
      While airplanes with electric motors are a matter of the near future.
      1. MBA78
        MBA78 24 March 2015 13: 11
        0
        John Keely had a better machine in the past ... lol
      2. Skiff_spb
        Skiff_spb 24 March 2015 13: 13
        +3
        But why? A 3KW engine has long been easy to fit in a fist.
        A gasoline piston?

        To the power density of reactive - yes, so far. But reactive and not consumer goods, and if high-temperature superconductors are used, it is also possible to obtain orders of magnitude greater power in general. So there is much to develop.

        Well, the batteries also do not stand still.
        1. Basarev
          Basarev 24 March 2015 16: 07
          0
          This is all pampering. In the USSR, they successfully tested an atomic aircraft and reached the final tests - flight, where the aircraft showed its best side. But over the decades since then, technology has made tremendous progress. And I don’t think science fiction is a modern-day aircraft. Flying boat. Single engine, with coaxial thrust screw in the ring. With a reverse sweep wing according to the duck pattern. The presence of front horizontal plumage and the complete absence of the tail, the role of which is played by the wing.
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  2. Motherland Russia
    Motherland Russia 24 March 2015 12: 34
    +4
    All nature will be cleaner.
    There is a scope.
    1. good fair
      good fair 24 March 2015 13: 35
      0
      Quote: Motherland Russia
      All nature will be cleaner.

      Sure! How much gas, fuel oil, coal, uranium do you need to burn, finally, to get electricity? And yet all this needs to be extracted from the ground with attendant consequences. How many dams should be built by flooding the land? Windmills occupy huge areas, and also create "environmentally friendly" low-frequency waves, including infrasound. All sorts of birds and other animals are afraid of this. Solar panels? Wai jalab! They are made in the same production, polluting the environment, by the way, using the same electricity. In the shops - sterile, around the plant - not always, to put it mildly. The electricity obtained from the Sun must be stored somewhere, for example, accumulated in batteries, sorry. What are these made of? That's right, from all sorts of nasty things, but looking for they have a service life, after which disposal follows, they say, having a positive effect on the world around us (electrolyte in the toilet, so as not to clog up, plastic in a landfill, and from lead, cool pigs and brass knuckles are obtained, sinful, I repent. As an option - remelting is environmentally friendly laughing etc.) . Well, in general, a mona novel to write. That is, damage is inevitable, it just needs to be minimized. And so: I - FOR ELECTRICITY! And no nails (V. Mayakovsky), here is my slogan and the sun!

      I remember in a distant happy childhood, when the grass was greener, and the rainbow and the color of the sky did not cause bad associations, we sang one song (I’m not giving it completely):

      Ah, electricity, you are light, you are our strength!
      Ah, electricity, you opened the door to the world!
      Opened by the atom you damned on Earth,
      On Mars, vodka and a snack on the moon. . .

      . . . You go home you're drunk, a little alive
      The wife meets with an electric poker. . .

      and in the end :
      . . . The prosecutors will judge us,
      We will be caught by electric garbage,
      And how to catch, there’s no return,
      And then electricity will not help.
      hi laughing
    2. taram taramych
      taram taramych 24 March 2015 13: 49
      +2
      On the purity of nature, a moot point, the fall of such a flying battery with lithium ammunition can turn into an environmental disaster.
  3. prabiz
    prabiz 24 March 2015 12: 38
    +2
    An alternative, and even more environmentally friendly, is always welcome!
  4. BARKAS
    BARKAS 24 March 2015 12: 39
    +2
    Such a scheme is probably better for drones.
  5. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 24 March 2015 12: 40
    +3
    The advent of microprocessors allows them to be used in areas that were not previously thought of. Squeeze everything that is possible without violating the laws of conservation. So to such issues as aerodynamics got.
    1. MBA78
      MBA78 24 March 2015 13: 23
      +1
      aerodynamics is not the limit
  6. atk44849
    atk44849 24 March 2015 12: 41
    +3
    worthy apparatus of its time! well done engineers and scientists! the whole world needs to work and not fight. !!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Dark sea
    Dark sea 24 March 2015 12: 41
    +3
    Pollution in the production of energy-saving high-tech products exceeds the amount of pollution by conventional means for the entire period of operation. One mining and beneficiation of rare earth metals is worth it.
  8. Stiletto
    Stiletto 24 March 2015 12: 41
    +3
    Well, why, these guys have no crisis, they have the opportunity to experience this and that, and they would be woodpeckers if they had not taken this opportunity. Yes, a lot of the output does not work out for them, and in appearance all these ideas - drank dough. However, not everything is so simple: ideas, technologies are being developed ...
  9. milann
    milann 24 March 2015 12: 42
    +4
    We will fly and fly !!!
    Mustache is clickable. wink
    1. MBA78
      MBA78 24 March 2015 13: 08
      0
      in 2030, about this type of transport will be relevant for some ...
      1. Simple
        Simple 24 March 2015 13: 21
        0
        Quote: MBA78
        in 2030, about this type of transport will be relevant for some ...




        By the way, an article with this photo was published in the April (late eighties) issue of "TM".
  10. Uncle
    Uncle 24 March 2015 12: 42
    +3
    "Solar Impulse 2" that bends around the Earth at 40 kilometers per hour. "
    Does the plane fly at a speed of 40 km / h? Even a bird is faster.
    Gray cranes, silver gulls, large sea gulls fly at a speed of 50 km / h, finches, siskins - 55 km / h, killer whales - 55-60 km / h, wild geese of various species - 70-90 km / h, sviyazi - 75-85 km / h, waders of various species - an average of about 90 km / h. The highest flight speed is observed for the black swift - 110-150 km / h [42]. The hollows showed amazing endurance: they are able to fly at a speed of about 100 km / h over more than 6500 km [47].

    The highest speed of the diving flight is observed for the Peregrine Falcon - up to 320 km / h.
  11. Dark sea
    Dark sea 24 March 2015 12: 43
    +3
    While mattresses have something to worry about, rare earths are enriched in China. All dirt remains there, and environmentally friendly planes and cars drive on the mattress.
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  13. valokordin
    valokordin 24 March 2015 12: 59
    +1
    Quote: avvg
    It would be nice if we, too, in the development of innovation would be on top, but there Chubais, wait for the failure.

    With this redhead, just miracles At the end of the year, the Accounts Chamber calculated 30 billion rubles of losses, and after a recent meeting with the president, profit is made. Interestingly, this magician showed. He should go to prison instead of Kvachkov, and for him not 37 years old, as well as for Serdyukov (I’m afraid the admin wouldn’t exclude me), if so glory to Serdyukov and Vasilyeva. I hope I didn’t break the rules and didn’t call anyone and didn’t provoke anyone to mass riots.
  14. Benia
    Benia 24 March 2015 13: 00
    0
    so maybe tear off the wings with so many engines)))
  15. Narkom
    Narkom 24 March 2015 13: 02
    +1
    in ores spider-man?
  16. Simple
    Simple 24 March 2015 13: 09
    0
    The idea is not new.

    Simply technologically, this can already be realized.


    I remembered one article from "Technology-Youth" (1989-10):

    http://alternathistory.org.ua/potomu-chto-v-kuznitse-ne-bylo-gvozdya-samolet-bol

    dyreva-s-kachayushchimsya-predkrylkom

    http://zhurnalko.net/=nauka-i-tehnika/tehnika-molodezhi/1989-10--num19
  17. ratfly
    ratfly 24 March 2015 13: 11
    0
    As for the environment - to make this electric waffle, how much copper should be extracted? how many polymers? other metals? how much fuel do you need to burn all this? Talking about ecology on the background of the electric motor is PR and brain pollution.
    1. MBA78
      MBA78 24 March 2015 13: 17
      0
      for sure! let's call it a flying waffle ... laughing
  18. gridasov
    gridasov 24 March 2015 13: 16
    0
    Nothing new and as a result, the increase in efficiency is minimal. Unresolved issues of fundamental physics. Algorithms for organizing hydro-gas-dynamic flow at the old level. At the same time, new methods for the analysis of complex hydro-gas-dynamic processes, including turbulent ones, were created, and devices based on new principles for organizing these algorithms were created.
    1. Uncle
      Uncle 24 March 2015 13: 30
      0
      Quote: gridasov
      Unresolved issues of fundamental physics.

      Similarly, the law of gravity has not been revised, nor is the theory of relativity. smile
  19. Simple
    Simple 24 March 2015 13: 24
    0
    Quote: gridasov
    Nothing new and as a result, the increase in efficiency is minimal. Unresolved issues of fundamental physics.



    And there is.
    It is much easier to translate old ideas than to radically revise the idea itself.
    1. gridasov
      gridasov 24 March 2015 13: 34
      0
      Sorry, but just like that, the conversation is about the fact that simple transformations, like well-known design solutions, but the real physical effect is fundamentally different. Radically different! This means that a fundamentally new technology and new possibilities are behind the simplicity and simplicity of implementation. This is precisely the physics and understanding of the aggregate essence of transformations both in the most mobile flow, but also in the principles of the construction of the basic device. Let me just say. There is a unique opportunity in one process to combine both kinetic processes and use the potential energy of the medium. For example, the same Rossi uses a "static" form of organizing the interaction of known substances in interaction with a known gas. And with such a device, it becomes possible to organize the dynamics, due to which the release of hydrogen occurs and the structural parts of the device made of metal are the outflow surface. So, everything is much simpler, but much more effective.
      1. Simple
        Simple 24 March 2015 13: 57
        0
        Quote: gridasov
        Sorry, but this is exactly the conversation that simple transformations, like well-known design decisions, but the real physical effect are fundamentally different.



        The propeller (air) oncoming air flow "chops", creating a kind of vortex flow behind itself, which is then again interrupted by the wing plane.

        Energy is lost only on these "metamorphoses".
        And "simple transformations, like well-known design solutions" (like that story in the article) do not change the essence of the problem.
        1. Spitfire
          Spitfire 24 March 2015 14: 06
          +1
          Quote: Simple
          Quote: gridasov
          Sorry, but this is exactly the conversation that simple transformations, like well-known design decisions, but the real physical effect are fundamentally different.



          The propeller (air) oncoming air flow "chops", creating a kind of vortex flow behind itself, which is then again interrupted by the wing plane.

          Energy is lost only on these "metamorphoses".
          And "simple transformations, like well-known design solutions" (like that story in the article) do not change the essence of the problem.


          But due to intensive blowing of the entire wing, the lifting force increases. An attempt to use the Coanda effect was used in the development of AN-72.
          1. Simple
            Simple 24 March 2015 14: 14
            +1
            Quote: Spitfire
            But due to intensive blowing of the entire wing, the lifting force increases. An attempt to use the Coanda effect was used in the development of AN-72.


            Of course increasing.

            It would be even larger if the motion vector of the air flow blowing around the wing were parallel to the plane of the wing.
  20. Wolka
    Wolka 24 March 2015 13: 26
    0
    the Yankees have a lot of denyuzhkas, they print them themselves, and we need to earn them later with blood, and therefore investing folk money in dubious projects is a waste ...
    1. gridasov
      gridasov 24 March 2015 13: 38
      0
      And then it bothers us, in addition to talent in invention and everything else, to be so entrepreneurial
  21. RomanS
    RomanS 24 March 2015 13: 29
    0
    New does not mean better ... Unfortunately, they began to drive more slowly (traffic jams), to fly too (where TU 144 and Concord), they began to listen to music and MP3s .... Degradation however!
    1. gridasov
      gridasov 24 March 2015 13: 40
      0
      It's just that we, on the old linear principles of analysis, are unable to analyze complex and high-capacity physical events in quantity. So these new methods are needed. analysis.
  22. Nitarius
    Nitarius 24 March 2015 13: 58
    0
    Quote: Simple
    Quote: MBA78
    in 2030, about this type of transport will be relevant for some ...




    By the way, an article with this photo was published in the April (late eighties) issue of "TM".

    This is not just an article — THIS IS A REALLY ACTING FLYING PLATFORM!

    A strange man really flies over the Ruzsky reservoir. From the city of Ruza to the village of Glazovo, he rides along the way. The base does not go directly to the reservoir. In the backpack there is a camera from the truck and a pump, a motorcycle battery. Inflates the camera with air, attaches some kind of coil, grid, battery. He does everything over the hole. At first they thought it was his poaching tack. Yes, that's just seen him. Rises by five meters and flies towards the dam.

    "March 2, 2007
    I lost four days off, wandering around in search of a miracle of the unit, burned a ton on a wheelbarrow of fuel. What can you tell about this man. Name is Alexander. Age 55 years. Lives in the city of Ruza. Electrical Engineer. On weekends, in the morning you can meet at bus stop number 25. (Ruza - Ostashevo) Glazovsky bend and travel 3,5 km to the bases of Glazovo, asking about his homemade products. A person lives poorly, plainly everything is exactly what you don’t know. He knows nothing about Grebennikov and AVION. Carries a backpack with him. In the backpack there are stainless steel mesh coils, a gluttonous generator, a control panel and a battery, a small car pump, a camera from the ZIL 130 wheel. Two boards are attached to the backpack, more precisely two stripes of laminate flooring. Comes on ice, pumps the camera with air, puts coils and nets on the marks. He puts two boards on the camera, sits on top, turns on the generator and rises slowly by 3-4 meters. Then it switches on another mode and flies at the same height towards the Luzhka Recreation Center over the frozen channel of the Ruzsky reservoir, making a 12 km path in the air, and there is not enough battery charge for more. Not a motor and no blades. Flies only in winter, starts only with ice. You can meet him on the P108 highway near the rest house on the same side or at the stop of Belyanaya Gora railway station and bring 11-12 km to Ruza. In short, I did not like boring all this and sad, I need to pick mushrooms in the summer, and in winter I do not need it for nothing. The main thing I did not understand what for him to fly in the winter unnecessarily. "

    p / s the man was attracted by Holland, it seems, and he migrated with the whole family!
    that's how they lost a man
    1. Simple
      Simple 24 March 2015 14: 05
      0
      Quote: Nitarius
      This is not just an article — THIS IS A REALLY ACTING FLYING PLATFORM!


      I say that in April.


      Quote: Nitarius
      p / s the man was attracted by Holland, it seems, and he migrated with the whole family!


      Well, where is the miracle of technology now?
  23. gas113
    gas113 24 March 2015 14: 25
    +1
    on the photo of motors 20 pieces
  24. eternalmotor
    eternalmotor 24 March 2015 14: 57
    0
    The photo clearly shows 20 screws. Where is 18 there?
  25. e_krendel
    e_krendel 24 March 2015 15: 03
    0
    Quote: Skiff_spb
    high temperature superconductors

    just don’t worry, there’s not even a low-temperature one, and never will be!
  26. Spitfire
    Spitfire 24 March 2015 15: 47
    +1
    Quote: Simple
    Quote: Spitfire
    But due to intensive blowing of the entire wing, the lifting force increases. An attempt to use the Coanda effect was used in the development of AN-72.


    Of course increasing.

    It would be even larger if the motion vector of the air flow blowing around the wing were parallel to the plane of the wing.


    I completely agree. But the idea is interesting anyway. By the way, on the aforementioned AN-72, this effect gave up to a 20% increase in lift. Until it came to a series - it was necessary to increase the carrying capacity, they made a wing of a larger scope and the idea left no more than 5-7%. And on the further development of this line - AN-74-300 - the engines are already on pylons under the wing - this allowed to increase the speed, range and economic efficiency of the aircraft due to improved aerodynamics.
  27. Spitfire
    Spitfire 25 March 2015 08: 18
    0
    Quote: bort4145
    The more complex the technique, the higher the possibility of failure. Note the fuselage / wing ratio.
    The direction is interesting, but electric motors will be inferior to conventional ones for a long time.


    Look at the gliders - it is a thin, narrow wing with a large span that allows you to achieve the maximum aerodynamic quality (for example, 50 - that is, when gliding, the plane descends by 1 meter, flying 50 meters horizontally). In combination with the Coanda effect (intensive airflow of the wing), we have a significant increase in lift. Of course, this design is optimized for efficiency, no one expects speed records from it. And electric motors have long surpassed "ordinary" ones - it is difficult to come up with something more reliable and simpler than a brushless electric motor.