Brand new German helicopter!

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    Future of Technology - Manned electric 'multi-copter' takes flight

    Best part? It's powered by electricity and is currently able to do 20 min flights. It kinda looks like one of those Dragonfly toy helicopters on steriods.
     
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    That's neat! Wish there would be more investment on gasless and non-electric vehicles.
     
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    Interestingly enough, there's also an airplane that is electric powered, has a range of around 250-300 miles, and comes with it's own solar powered hangar for charging.

    Cost of total system: 145,000. Cost of operation? About 50 bucks/hour.
     
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    Really? How is this electric-powered plane equipped to handle interferences such as lightening, HAARP, microwave, etc.?
     
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    Probably shielded somehow, dunno.

    But, here's the article on it............

    An electric plane you can (almost) buy - Technology & science - Future of Technology - msnbc.com
     
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    And what happens if weather prevents the 3-hours charged battery-powered plane from landing within 3-hour lifespan and plane has to circulate, or go looking for emergency landing elsewhere? How would electric-powered plane get extra juice?
     
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    Same thing that happens if you run out of fuel in a conventional airplane, you've gotta land somewhere.

    Most small planes are only rated for 2 1/2 - 4 hours of flight time.
     
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    Awesome
     
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    You are aware that when battery-powered things run out of juice they simply drop dead. Right? Anyway, it is good attempt, and all good attempts can always be improved.
     
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    Hey stupid............you DO realize that by virtue of their shape, airplanes have a glide slope (even with a dead engine), right?

    BTW chumpsteak.............what have YOU invented lately?
     

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