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A plane with zero moving parts takes its inaugural flight

by Futures Centre, Nov 28
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Using an electric field to charge nitrogen ions and expel them from the back of the aircraft, the first ever “solid state” plane has taken flight.  The aircraft flew a distance of 60 metres and could be a step towards fossil fuel-free flight. The team of MIT researchers published its research in the Journal Nature and has proved that heavier-than-air flight without propellers or jets is possible.

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