Rolls-Royce unveils the world’s FASTEST all-electric plane: ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft reaches maximum speeds of 387.4mph during test flight – smashing the existing record by 132mph

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  • Spirit of innovation aircraft takes off at UK Defense Ministry’s Boscombe Down testing site
  • It reached a maximum speed of 387.4mph during the test flight – 132mph faster than the current record
  • The data is submitted to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for confirmation.

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Rolls-Royce has impressed with its latest aviation innovation – the world’s fastest all-electric plane.

The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft has set a new speed record, reaching 387.4 mph – 132 mph faster than the current record – during a 1.9 mile test flight lasting 11 minutes in total.

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Meanwhile, the all-electric aircraft achieved a top speed of 330 mph at 9.3 miles (15 km) – 182 mph higher than the previous record – and climbed 3,000 meters by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds. broke the fastest time.

The data has now been submitted for confirmation to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, which regulates world aeronautical records.

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Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, said: ‘Following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP 26, this is another milestone that will help make “Jet Zero” a reality and help deliver technology breakthroughs. Supports our ambitions for what society needs. Decarbonized transport across air, land and sea.’

Rolls-Royce told MailOnline that the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ can currently fly for more than 30 minutes on a single charge – but they hope to develop a craft capable of doing 100 miles on a single charge in the future Huh.

The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft sets a new speed record, reaching a maximum speed of 387.4mph during a test flight – 132mph faster than the current record

world record claim

During the test flight, Rolls-Royce claimed to have broken three world records:

1. 345mph over 3km (1.86 miles)

2. 331mph over 15km (9.3 miles)

3. 202 seconds for a climb of 3,000 meters

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The test flight took place on 16 November at the Boscome Down experimental aircraft test site of the UK Ministry of Defence.

During the test flight, the aircraft was piloted by Rolls-Royce’s Director of Flight Operations Phil O’Dell, and had a top speed of 387.4mph.

This is 132mph faster than the current record, which was set in 2017 by an additional 330 LE Aerobatic aircraft operated by Siemens eAircraft.

The spirit of innovation is powered by a 400kW electric powertrain and a 6,480-cell power-intensive propulsion battery pack.

To put that in context, the battery is big enough to charge 7,500 smartphones!

This system enables the propellers to spin at 2,200 rpm, which is twice as fast as a washing machine on high spin.

To ensure the large battery stays cold, the spirit of innovation features thermal protection made from Portugese corks—the same corks used in bottling wine.

Mr O’Dell said: ‘Flying the “spirit of innovation” at these incredible speeds and believing that we have broken the world-record for all-electric flight is a momentous opportunity.

The spirit of innovation is powered by a 400kW electric powertrain and a power-intensive propulsion battery pack containing 6,480 cells

The spirit of innovation is powered by a 400kW electric powertrain and a power-intensive propulsion battery pack containing 6,480 cells

During the test flight, the aircraft was piloted by the Director of Flight Operations for Rolls-Royce, and had a top speed of 387.4mph.

During the test flight, the aircraft was piloted by the Director of Flight Operations for Rolls-Royce, and had a top speed of 387.4mph.

‘It’s the highlight of my career and an incredible achievement for the entire team.

‘This is what dreams are made of,’ the opportunity to be at the forefront of another pioneering chapter in the Rolls-Royce story as we look to deliver the future of aviation.

Rolls-Royce believes the project could pave the way for future technologies and even flying taxis in the near future.

In a statement, it said: ‘With an astonishing technical achievement, the project and world record run provided critical data for our future electric power and propulsion systems for all-electric urban air mobility and hybrid-electric commuter aircraft.

To ensure the large battery stays cold, the spirit of innovation features thermal protection made from Portugese corks – the same corks used in bottling wine

To ensure the large battery stays cold, the spirit of innovation features thermal protection made from Portugese corks – the same corks used in bottling wine

Rolls-Royce believes the project could pave the way for future technologies and even flying taxis in the near future

Rolls-Royce believes the project could pave the way for future technologies and even flying taxis in the near future

In a statement, Rolls-Royce said: 'As well as an astonishing technical achievement, the project and world-record run marked a key to our future electric power and propulsion systems for all-electric urban air mobility and hybrid-electric commuter aircraft. data provided.

In a statement, Rolls-Royce said: ‘As well as an astonishing technical achievement, the project and world-record run have marked our future electric power and propulsion systems for all-electric urban air mobility and hybrid-electric commuter aircraft. data provided.

For example, the characteristics that the “air-taxi” requires from the battery are similar to those developed for the “Spirit of Innovation”.’

Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng said: ‘Rolls-Royce’s revolutionary spirit of innovation aircraft is yet more proof of the UK’s deep credentials when it comes to innovation.

“This record will show the potential of electric flight and help unlock technologies that can make it a part of everyday life.”

‘The government is proud to support projects like this to take advantage of the private investment needed to unlock clean, green planes that will allow people to fly like they do now, but in a way that reduces emissions. There will be a cut.

What types of flying taxis can we expect to see in the future?

Advances in electric motors, battery technology and autonomous software have triggered an explosion in the field of electric air taxis.

Google’s parent company Alphabet CEO Larry Page has invested millions in aviation start-ups Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, both of which are striving to build all-electric flying cabs.

Kitty Hawk is believed to be developing a flying car and has already filed over a dozen different aircraft registrations with the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.

Page, who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998, has personally invested $100 million (£70 million) in two companies that have not yet publicly acknowledged or demonstrated their technology. Is.

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, the Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018.  Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing.

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, the Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018.

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