Project Zero: first ever electric aircraft with vertical take-off




Project Zero: the first electric aircraft with vertical take-off March 14, 2013

Project Zero

European helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland introduced the world’s first fully electric rotary aircraft with vertical take-off and said that the transport had managed to make several trips. Like the more famous Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, a new elektrolet can take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane. His name – Project Zero , and it serves as proof that AgustaWestland sees rotor aircraft of the future is the best option-lift, ideally combined with a conventional aircraft speed.

“We firmly believe that a model with vertical take-off will be the future of high-speed helicopter,” – says Daniel Romita, the head of the company. – “They offer much higher speed and range than conventional helicopters.”

AgustaWestland not avoid aircraft with vertical take-off, as taken as a basis for AW609, formerly known as the Bell Agusta 609. A civil aircraft with vertical take-off. AW609 like V-22 Osprey, but much smaller and with a pressurized cabin. In contrast to the Osprey and AW609, which have engines and propellers, incorporated at the end of every little wing, Project Zero has two integrated rotor and wingspan of conventional aircraft. The rotors are fully electrified and can be rotated at an angle of 90 degrees or more.

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

The first flight of the aircraft took place funds in Italy in 2011, and quite successfully. Since been held and other test flights. Rotors are horizontal, while vehicle takes off and lands, providing vertical thrust. During the flight, the rotors turn and act as aircraft bolts, so traction provides horizontal wings. The ends of the wings are removable for those missions when the aircraft will be fully included in the role of a helicopter.

AgustaWestland yet ignores the specification of the flying money. Although Project Zero while for the most part is a demo version, a hybrid design is the development is being actualised. The diesel engine will power the generator which, in turn, will produce electricity. And when the plane will be on the ground, he can use wind energy to generate additional electricity needed to charge the batteries.

The attempts to transfer funds to aerial electricity taken long ago, but they are far from perfect performance from success. Not long ago, Elon Musk has rejected the construction of the electric Boeing Dreamliner 787, noting that the company’s engineers have worked poorly cell battery than the increased risk of self-ignition batteries.

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