Electric-powered Russian plane makes first flight

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Electric-powered Russian plane makes first flight

Electric-powered Russian plane makes first flight

At the MAKS-2021 air show, as part of the tests, the first flight of the Yak-40LL Russian aircraft laboratory equipped with an electric motor took place, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the press service of the Advanced Research Fund.

“At the MAKS-2021 air show, a demonstration flight of the Yak-40 aircraft, equipped with a hybrid power plant based on a gas turbine engine and a superconducting electric motor, took place. During the flight, the plane turned on the electric power plant, ”the press service said.

The hybrid power plant consists of a battery pack, an electric motor with a capacity of 500 kW (680 horsepower) and a power unit for powering it – a turboprop engine and an electric generator connected to it. The electric motor, due to the use of high-temperature superconducting technologies and cryogenic cooling, is more economical than analogues by 5-20%. The tests of the hybrid installation as part of the aircraft began in February in Novosibirsk.

The 15th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2021 is being held in the city of Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, from 20 to 25 July.

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