The prototype electric aircraft Extra 330LE from Siemens set a new world speed record
Recently, more and more vehicles are transferred from the "normal" engine powered by electrical energy. In addition to the already familiar car, there are even airplanes with an electric motor. And recently, one of the prototypes of these aircraft, Extra 330LE, developed by Siemens, during a test flight set a new world speed record for aircraft of this class. Moreover, this aircraft became the world's first electric aircraft towing a glider, follow the procedure to a predetermined height.
elektrosamoleta Extra 330LE engine produces 260 kW of power and weighs 50 kilograms, the plane weighs only about 1,000 kilograms. Flying with the establishment of new records was held on March 23 this year. The plane took off from the airfield Dinslaken Schwarze Heide Airfield in Germany, flying 3 kilometers, has a top speed 337, 5 kilometers per hour. Next Extra 330LE dragged in tow glider and raised it to a height of 600 meters in 76 seconds. Operated plane pilot Walter Extra. The assurances of the head of the company eAircraft, a subsidiary of Simens, and is engaged from designing aircraft, Frank Anthony
"Record flights and glider towing, is a testament to the impressive capabilities of our new engine. Six of these motors may be required to lift into the air a standard hybrid electric aircraft, compact class, designed to carry 19 passengers. "
The development of the new engine has been carried out as part of the global Siemens' program, which aims to create and commissioning of electric hybrid power systems for small aircraft. This program is conducted with the participation of specialists of the Airbus, which is also developing engines of this class, but in the framework of its own program, which is called the E-Fan.