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Rolls Royce aiming for world's fastest electric airplane

Rolls Royce aiming for world's fastest electric airplane

Inside a bustling hangar bay at the far end of Gloucestershire airport in South West England, a team of British engineers, designers, and data specialists recruited from across Rolls-Royce and beyond have set out to make history. They're building a high-performance electric aeroplane unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Electric Vehicles Research
Dec 18, 2018
IDTechEx TVFoldable drone flies through narrow holes

Foldable drone flies through narrow holes

A research team have developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.
Electric Vehicles Research
Dec 17, 2018
Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta's technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell.
Electric Vehicles Research
Dec 14, 2018
Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Researchers unveiled experiments with drones that can sense wind gusts and thermals, then use them to gain speed or altitude, just like birds do.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 28, 2018
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 22, 2018
Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely - all powered by clean, renewable energy.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 16, 2018
Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 9, 2018
IDTechEx TVFleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 23, 2018
Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter will perform a next set of inner urban flight tests in Singapore. The series of tests are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 17, 2018
Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Kitty Hawk's Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand, is entering into an agreement with Air New Zealand -- a partnership to one day bring the first ever air taxi service to the sky.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 28, 2018
IDTechEx TVAsia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Asia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.
Electric Vehicles Research
Dec 18, 2018
IDTechEx TVFoldable drone flies through narrow holes

Foldable drone flies through narrow holes

A research team have developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.
Electric Vehicles Research
Dec 14, 2018
Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines

Researchers unveiled experiments with drones that can sense wind gusts and thermals, then use them to gain speed or altitude, just like birds do.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 22, 2018
Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Solar-powered autonomous aircraft Odysseus

Powered only by the sun, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely - all powered by clean, renewable energy.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 9, 2018
IDTechEx TVFleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers

Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 17, 2018
Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Australasia's first autonomous air taxi coming to New Zealand

Kitty Hawk's Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand, is entering into an agreement with Air New Zealand -- a partnership to one day bring the first ever air taxi service to the sky.
Electric Vehicles Research
Dec 17, 2018
Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta's technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 28, 2018
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
Electric Vehicles Research
Nov 16, 2018
Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

Using diamonds to recharge civilian drones in flight

A small lab-grown diamond measuring a few millimeters per side could one day enable civilian drones to be recharged in mid-flight through a laser. Thanks to the diamond, the laser beam can remain strong enough over a long distance to recharge photovoltaic cells on the drones' surface.
Electric Vehicles Research
Oct 23, 2018
Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxis in Singapore

Volocopter will perform a next set of inner urban flight tests in Singapore. The series of tests are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.
Electric Vehicles Research
Aug 28, 2018
IDTechEx TVAsia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Asia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.