Isn’t it ionic? A plane that flies with no moving parts
MIT engineers have designed a plane that is powered by electrohydrodynamic thrust or the so-called 'ionic wind', a phenomenon first identified in the 1960s
Ever since the Wright Brothers flew the world’s first plane more than a century ago, aircraft have typically flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades and fans, and powered by the combustion of fossil fuels or battery packs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers are attempting a revolutionary change. They have built and flown a prototype plane with no moving parts.