• China’s first battery-powered plane cleared for production


    MOSCOW: China’s first manned electric aircraft, a two-seater plane powered by rechargeable lithium batteries, has been granted a license for production. The RX1E is designed by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy in northeastern Liaoning province, the People’s Daily Online reports. One 90-minute charge equals around 45-60 minutes of flight time. The plane has a 47-foot wingspan. It can fly at an altitude of 9,800 feet and reach a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour. The aircraft will be used to train pilots, as well as entertain sightseeing passengers. According to Song Mingkai, one of the aircraft’s designers, each hour of flight will only cost 20 yuan or around US$3.



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