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How to select and electric propulsion system for my experimental Ultralight?

I've been trying to design and build, my experimental Ultralight using electric propulsion system, My plane designed base on Slaler and Gensis ultralight , following is the primary calculation Empty ...
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Is it possible to reload Electric Aircraft in mid-air from a tanker aircraft?

Can this be done military style refueling but with an electric wire boom supplying current from tanker aircraft to electric aircraft mid air in flight? Electricity from the tanker craft can be ...
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If, one day, we have an electric airplane, will it be easier to control than a fuelled airplane?

Elon Musk said that Tesla will make battery which can last for million miles. So probably in the next few years there will be a (small) airplane powered by an electric motor rather than by fuel. If ...
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Is it possible to have a fully electric airliner?

Is it possible to have a fully electric airliner? How much room would have to be sacrificed for a power bank in these aircraft to allow similar range to the current models (e.g., A320, 737, etc.)? ...
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Electric trainer aircraft has engine weighing 11Kg , how much would a comparable conventional engine weigh?

The Pipstrel Alpha Electro Trainer has an electric engine which weighs 11Kg. How much would the engine of a comparable gasoline powered aircraft weigh ?
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If propeller-driven planes with electric engine became the norm, would descent for landing with the engines turned off become a routine procedure?

To elaborate on the question: I know that in modern fossil fuel-driven aircraft turning the engines off during descent and/or landing approach isn't feasible for safety reasons (which makes total ...
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Where can I place an engine in a twist morphing wing?

I am designing an electric aircraft with a wing that is completely based on the idea of biomimicry, whereas the wing has multiple winglets and can also morph by twisting. It is more like an experiment ...
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Are there any plans, designs, or prototypes for an electric ground effect vehicle?

I have been searching around for any plans, designs, or prototypes for a small GEV. All I have found is a ground effect gas powered like this link: or an all ...
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What is the working principle of VFG [duplicate]

How does the VFG make various frequencies? And while it makes the other value of frequency, how the generator apply consistent 400Hz to the other component?
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Eviation Alice Powerplant Placement

I saw an article from the BBC about the Eviation Alice this morning that left me puzzled. The design is a tail wheel tri-motor with the power plants located in a pusher configuration at the wing tips ...
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How far would an all electric A380 fly? [closed]

I have edited this to one question and thank you for all the feedback . I am trying to understand if there are any theoretical improvements in range when applying electric propulsion to large ...
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Could a hybrid electric steam plane be more efficient at altitude than at sea-level, and how to optimise it to frigid air?

In the thirties a steam powered plane was built. video Could a hybrid electric steam plane be more efficient at altitude than at sea-level, and how could such a steam engine be optimised to benefit ...
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How hard would it be to convert a glider into an powered electric aircraft?

How hard would it be to convert a glider into an powered electric aircraft? I'm thinking something that looks like this: Would it be as simple as mounting two electric motors and props to the wings ...
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Why can’t electric motors be used in aviation [duplicate]

Why can’t electric motors be used in aviation? Is it a problem with batteries, torque, or what? From what I’m aware motors at high torque are expensive and need a massive footprint, than a high rpm ...
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What operational aspects of Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service will be the same as that of an airline?

The NPR News article and podcast FAA Certifies Google's Wing Drone Delivery Company To Operate As An Airline begins with: The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Alphabet's Wing Aviation ...
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Proportionally, what is more affected by a hot and high takeoff - a electrically driven propeller or a turbofan?

My assumption would be the electrically driven propeller would be less affected compared to turbofans at high altitudes and take off as although the air would be less dense at these ambient conditions,...
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For slow-flying ultralights, how would a delta wing compare to a biplane layout of equal wing area?

Context: By "slow-flying" I refer to ultralights that can be classed as "motorfloaters" - similar wing loading to a hang-glider, stall speed below 40km/h, cruise speed not much above. I'm interested ...
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Would there be a purpose for a set of compressors in an electric turbo fan?

This is actually a two part question. Would there be a purpose to a compressor in an electric turbofan where there is no need for a combustion chamber, and if not, is there then a purpose for a bypass ...
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Could an electric airliner be aerotowed to cruise altitude by an electric “tug” aircraft?

The low energy density of batteries make electric aircraft need a high ratio of battery to payload. Take off and climb to cruising altitude could account for a substantial fraction of the energy ...
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Does the Lilium VTOL wings produces lift during takeoff?

I just had a look on some of the recent development in the personal VTOL electrical aircrafts. I am wondering if the Lilium VTOL wings produces lift during takeoff? I would expect a quit high wind ...
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Does the required torque to spin a propeller increase with RPM?

I‘ve currently been experimenting with different propellers: 12x12 prop, 16x12 prop (both two blades) and a 22x14 (6 blades) prop. They were propelled by a 2.4 kW electric motor with 260 kV on a 6S/...
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What‘s the diameter of the engines of the Airbus E-Fan?

does somebody know the diameter of the E-Fan‘s engines ? To me the look like around 80cm or what do you think ? Also, with more and wider blades and 60 kW motors instead of 30 couldn‘t they get much ...
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Are there any hybrid electric planes?

Are there any hybrid planes (planned), or would this be impossible because we don't have big enough batteries?
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What is an “all-electric APU”?

Understand that the APS5000 used in the B787 is the first all-electric APU for large commercial aircraft. Source: http://www.pwc.ca/en/engines/auxiliary-power-units Sorry if this sounds too ...
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Is there a limit to the possible altitude for electric jets?

So I was thinking about Elon Musk's supersonic electric jet idea. Assuming we have sufficiently energy-dense batteries, where would the limits be in terms of speed and altitude. His logic seems to ...
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Why do brushless motors heat up? [closed]

I would like to know what makes a brushless motor heat up. I'm aware of the problems generating the high temperature such as wire contact problems or overloaded motors. I want to know what makes a ...
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Does a “take-off” assist make sense for electric aircraft?

There is already a good answer that talks about how a catapult provides virtually no benefit for fuel-based aircraft. However, I'm wondering if the same answer is true for electric planes? For ...
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Are fully electric helicopters suitable for military operations?

I read this question about diesel-electric (DE) helicopters, which sparked the following question: Are fully electric helicopters suitable for military operations? They are more silent, and electric ...
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How do I determine the maximum thrust that a Tesla powertrain (P100D for example) could produce if attached to a single propeller?

I am theorizing a drone helicopter from a tesla powertrain (P100D). Lets assume the system is theoretically maximized with an optimum propeller (this is what I am currently stuck on). How much thrust ...
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Is this scheme for a single-fan electric airship with a rocket-like geometry workable?

I am currently designing a vertical take-off and landing vehicle that uses a Tesla powertrain connected to an electric ducted fan. Please comment on if my thought process is sound on my feasibility ...
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What energy density is required for the batteries in order to make an all-electric analogue of the Cessna 150 or similar plane?

I think I have some general understanding that at the present moment even with the best possible batteries, a 2 seater training aircraft (like the C-150) would be very impractical. I'm not even ...
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What's the use of so much torque on propellers?

(This question is closely related to this question) A typical Cessna 172 has a 180 hp engine, with a max. rotational velocity of 2700 RPM. Even small 1 hp electrical motors can achieve that RPM, and ...
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What does the 'hp' rating actually signify, with respect to an aircraft engine?

Let's say I've got a Cessna C172S with a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine that produces 180 hp (that's the power output for sure). Let's say I've also got a water pump, that is rated at 1 hp (power input or ...
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What is the efficiency of running an electric motor from a gas generator?

If you were to run an electric motor from a gasoline or diesel generator, how big would the generator have to be to run something like the Siemens electric engine? Is this a viable model for replacing ...
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What would be the potential thrust of an “electric jet” like Lilium's?

Lilium claims to fly with "electric jets". Throwing out the debate over whether a non-combustion compression of a stream of air is a jet or only a ducted fan, what is the potential thrust each of ...
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Could there ever be a fully solar powered airliner capable of transatlantic flights?

Could a new or a modified existing airliner, e.g., a Boeing 737, be fully powered by solar energy and make the normal length trips aviation-fuel powered aircraft make?
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Why do solar planes have many small propellers instead of fewer large ones?

Many solar planes, like NASA's Helios (pictured above), NASA's Pathfinder, and to a lesser extent Facebook's Aquila employ the use of many small motor propeller sets instead of one or two engines like ...
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Non-fueled, bladeless, minimally-noisy aviation engine — Science fiction or real theoretical science?

As a non Aeronautics expert I ask if non-fueled (electric?) vehicles which are minimally-noisy only science fiction or a real theoretical scientific concept aimed for close or very far future ...
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Are there any electric ultralight aircraft?

Are there any electric, FAR part 103 aircraft? FAR part 103 aircraft are unique in that they don't need a license to fly.
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Feasibility of using secondary props to generate power on an electric model aircraft [duplicate]

Beginning with the aeroplane itself, it is a small, fixed wing model aeroplane, reminiscent design-wise to a Cessna 172. It is completely battery powered and has a primary prop attached to a motor ...
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In what way(s) will making an airplane electric help to make it “quiet”?

In this blog I read about the Quiet Flight Initiative, which - if I understand correctly - will be quieter than a comparable carbon fueled plane at least in part because it is electric. It's an ...
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Can an electric aircraft self-recharge? [closed]

I'm trying to design an aircraft with a long range, and I thought that an electric aircraft with a generator powered by the motor would be able to do that. However, I've seen very few of these ...
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Could a plane with an electric turbine engine generate enough lift to provide a electric areodynamic lift and runway to space?

This question is similar to my previous ones but configuration is different and so is the question. Could a modified electric turbine engine (E-Fan) plane create enough of its own lift not to burden ...
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Could the vertical stabilizer be removed on the NASA X-57?

I was reading this article about how NASA will develop this new X-57 X-plane which has many tiny electric motors mounted on the wing. Now, I wonder: How come this aircraft still has a vertical ...
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Are there other examples of human-electric hybrid aircraft?

Has there been a human-electric hybrid aircraft after this. A more streamlined design; maybe capable of soaring as well...
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What are the design goals for NASA's X-57? [duplicate]

There have obviously been work going on prior to the X-57 announcement (see LEAPTech and Joby Aviation http://www.jobyaviation.com/LEAPTech/). However, what does NASA actually think they will achieve ...
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What are some alternative benefits to electric propulsion?

The context I am asking is regarding if electric motors could ease the fuel cost, take off weight, or runway length if they were set up in 'hybrid' configuration with regular hydrocarbon engines. If ...
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How much could human power add to the endurance of an electric gyrocopter?

If we take a single seater electric gyrocopter like this one, could a human-powered propeller like this add to the endurance of the aircraft? The gyrocopter only needs a 32km/h forward speed to stay ...
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Is there any benefit to science from the Swiss built solar plane flying across the globe? [closed]

Are there any innovations that were made during the development or flight of the Solar Impulse plane that would go into any type of regularly used airplanes in the near future?
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Could an electric engine provide the same performance as jet engines on current aircraft?

I have looked at various questions on this SE site regarding this topic but I have not really found a satisfactory answer. Some comments here regarding torque and power in electric motors vs gasoline ...