MIT successfully developed first-of-its-kind silent airplane

Highlights:

  • US institution Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) successfully developed first-of-its-kind silent airplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines, as was reported in ‘Nature’ journal.
  • MIT built and flown the first-ever silent airplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines.
  • Since the Wright Brothers launched the first airplane over 100 years ago, every aircraft has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, and fans, which are powered by the combustion of fossil fuels or by battery packs that produce a persistent, whining buzz.
  • This plane carries neither propellers or turbines, nor it depends on fossil fuels to fly. 
  • It is powered by an "ionic wind" - a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, that generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.