Shall we go not only electrically connected to the car, but we soon fly with electric airplanes on vacation? Airbus and NASA are working on concepts for a long time to electrically drive smaller airliners. The development amounts to a hybrid system.
But the engineers in the Airbus-development center for electric aircraft in Ottobrunn near Munich are much more advanced. They play together with engineers of the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce through the options for the construction of an electrically driven airliner. For the electric version of commercial aircraft, Airbus has the term E-Thrust, in German electro thrust introduced.
The American space agency Nasa is working in the Langley Research Center in Virginia on a similar concept called DEP, although this represents Distributed Electric Propulsion, which means something like “Distributed electric drive” is in German. Only in May, the prototype has GL-10 lifted off with ten electrically driven propellers. The remotely controlled light aircraft had a span of 3.05 m and was equipped with eight engines on the wings, and two motors at the stern. The aircraft can even off and land vertically. That’s where a vertical position, the solid support surface.