The E-Thrust project is part of the EADS Innovation Works program, a partnership with engine maker Rolls-Royce. The two companies are looking at ways to meet the European Commission’s future vision of air travel, which includes dramatic reductions in emissions and noise.
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The idea behind the E-Thrust is to use several electrically driven fans to provide the thrust, but the power supply will be a gas-turbine engine employed during cruising when it just needs enough juice to stay in the air. When it needs more power — during takeoff and climbing — an “energy storage system,” (aka batteries) will provide an additional source of grunt for the fans.
A single turbine engine in the tail ingests boundary layer air from the top of the fuselage in an effort to further reduce overall drag.
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That’s Chris Yates’ Goal
To fulfill the ambitious goal, Yates must overcome the great disadvantage of electric drivetrains — their limited range. His solution is to use unmanned aerial vehicles that will provide additional electricity during the flight. That’s another way of saying he will use autonomous battery packs that will meet him in flight, transfer energy to the plane and return safely to an airport.
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