Air travel is the safest, speediest way to get from one place to another, but you know what would make it even better? If planes didn’t have to worry about pesky engines and messy fuel. I mean, if a plane could just go we’d all be better off, right? Well leave it to MIT to come up with a solution.
A new paper by researchers from the institute describes how they managed to build a plane that flies without a traditional propulsion system. The concept model, which weights just over five pounds, relies on what is known as electroaerodynamic propulsion to generate wind, and thereby lift, while also pushing the vehicle forward. It’s like magic, only it’s science.
As MIT Technology Review explains, the concept