The Germans have done it again. eGenius, a solely electrically powered aircraft has made history by flying over 100 miles per hour for more than two hours, completing a 211-mile trip. A team from the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Aircraft Design had started construction of the plane in October of 2010.
The remarkable feat was undertaken by a team from University who was fortunate to sit in this flying machine piloted by Soeren Pederson.
Project eGenius debuted in 2007 after it was sponsored by Airbus. Though its maiden flight was in May this year the historic flight came much afterward. The EA (electric aircraft) took off from Mindleheim, Germany, ascended to 4,000 feet, and successfully finished numerous rounds amid two close towns before its landing.
The Airbus Future Projects teams will analyze data collected during the maiden flights. The flight also makes it eligible for an entry into the NASA funded CAFE 2011 Green Flight Challenge.
The eGenius is similar to a touring motor glider, and weighs 850 kg. The machine has a wingspan of 16.9 m (55.4 ft) and hull length of 8.1 m (26.6 ft).
Its tail mount propeller holds 56-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery packs. The eGenius now hopes to fly 235 km/h (146 mph) for up to 400 km (248.5 miles). Look forward to more from the eGenius stables.