Video: Risk Is The Currency of Innovation: Chip Yates at TEDx Bermuda 2013

DEC 24 2013 BY MARK KANE 3

Chip Yates in Long-ESA Electric Plane

Chip Yates in Long-ESA Electric Plane

Chip Yates, the electric vehicles innovator, recently had opportunity to speak at the TEDx event on developments of electric motorcycles, long range electric plane concept, 16-records and risk that had to be taken to innovate.

“Chip Yates is the builder and pilot of the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and airplane—and holder of 16 world records. His next adventure is building and piloting an all electric plane across the Atlantic that will be recharged mid-air.”

“How will he do it? Watch and find out.”

It would be astonishing for the whole world to fly an electric plane across the Atlantic, so we waiting for this one to become reality.

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I hope this plane has some thin film solar panels added to it to at least take in some of it’s needed electric power in mid flight. It is very well possible that he could fly across the Atlantic Ocean in a electric plane in that they got the solar powered one cross it but at 20 miles on hour.

Interesting, we were talking about what it would take as power for an aerial recharge of an electric JSF. The pod is now off the self apparently. I wonder at what rate they recharge in mid air. I look forward to see this flight succeed.

Another idea is to use a flexible solar panel behind an air plane like a commercial banner. It could be very long and this produces way more electricity than solar panels limited the wings area. The solar banner would have to be dragged almost horizontally to capture as much sun light as possible. If the plane so equipped start from Paris instead of New York it can have the daylight for the entire flight and so it could cross the Atlantic without aerial recharging.

It really is time to make an electric turboreactor. The base is quiet simple, an electrofan, but that doesn’t get you to supersonic speed, only to commercial airplane speed of Mach .8.
So there needs to be something more added to the electrofan. The best idea up to now is to have an electric discharge in the air flux coming from the fan. It would heat up the air temperature to 2000°C which would expand dramatically and so provide a lot more trust to go supersonic.