First POWERED Airplane With No Moving Parts

Submitted by: Essen 1 month ago in Science
MIT folks have made a model that uses ions to create "wind" to move the airplane. And this is still in prototype stage. More here!

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Male 13,505
That's fantastic!
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7,049
It doesn't seem like it would upscale that well. The power consumption needed to fly a 500 seat passenger jet would be enormous.

Now if you were to make a drone to explore other planets you can actually put a nuclear reactor core for power....
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Male 5,891
This a pretty neat proof of concept.  Weight is definitely an issue moving forward.
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Male 7,520
Nice video, who knows it might have applications that aren't even being considered atm with ionizing air in a small localized area.
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Male 2,015

Sadly, this doesn't scale well.  It may work for very light high altitude drones. but not for commercial <applications not applications, edited> aviation.
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Male 657
punko 
We already have ion fans in a lot of houses now, this is fairly old technology. Of course it would be perfect for drones once we increase the battery life. You also remind me of anyone ever that said that technology will never exist. Thank you. 
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Male 2,015
HI-haole Actually I read the development white papers, thanks, so fairly up on its scalability as discussed therein.   I meant, of course, for commercial aviation as opposed to commercial applications.
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Male 657
punko 
Just resist the voltage and increase the capacity... I’m sure they’ll eventually figure it out...
Pure logic
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Male 2,015
HI-haole Geez, wow!  Why did the scientist and engineers working on this not figure that out?  Sorry for the sarcasm, but as they point out in the papers, the physics surrounding this particular effect does not scale well for more significant thrust
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Male 657
punko 
No worries, the smartest people are sarcastic. 
I’ve read the brown rusted papers and they said the same thing about rockets braking the force of gravity, jet engines, breaking the sound barrier, personal computers and so on. Just gotta find the right person to figure it out is all. 
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Male 657
HI-haole *breaking
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Male 2,345
HI-haole "Of what use is a baby?"
Benjamin Franklin to a man who asked what use was a hot air balloon.
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