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The MIT researchers have developed an aircraft capable of flying without moving parts, using electroaerodynamic propulsion, which uses a pair of electrodes to push the ions and create an ionic wind. This aircraft is an unmanned model that weighs only 2.45 kilograms. Expanding the size of commercial aircraft would provide numerous safety, noise, maintenance and environmental benefits compared to traditional aircraft
Instead of feeding a passenger plane completely, the researchers speculate that the technology could be used to power smaller aircraft. Alternatively, one of the researchers theorizes that it could be used in combination with traditional aircraft engines to make the spacecraft more efficient in energy consumption by re-energizing the air passing through the aircraft and eliminating resistance. Instead of propellers or turbines, the plane is driven by an ionic wind, a silent and powerful flow of ions that occurs on board the plane, and that generates enough thrust to propel the plane in a sustained and constant flight.
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