Airbus to Fly E-Fan Electric Plane Next Month

Thanks to the LENR–ECat site for featuring the following video from Airbus about a new all-electric plane they are developing called the E-Fan. Airbus plans its maiden flight this July.

From the Airbus website:

Airbus Group’s all-electric E-Fan demonstrator aircraft is set to cross the English Channel on 10 July, flying from Lydd, England to Calais, France. This historic flight will demonstrate the potential of electric aviation, and is to be performed in the reverse direction of Louis Bleriot’s landmark crossing on July 25, 1909 with a Bleriot XI aircraft. See more information here

There’s been interest in Airbus among LENR followers because of their recently published patent application, which shows there is some interest at the company in LENR as a potential energy source. LENR is not a requirement, of course, for E-aircraft, but in the future there may be ways to incorporate it into this new generation of planes.

Below is a video featuring the E-Fan.

  • Albert D. Kallal

    I actually agree – this is VERY interesting and important step in aviation – and even that of LENR powered planes.

    Even without a battery breakthrough, you can use a small turbine power pack to provide energy for the e-fans (so one small turbine can provide power for both engines).

    And given Airbus’s patient early this year (an auxiliary power unit that runs on LENR) – you can start putting the pieces together here as to where Airbus is going with this.

    We can speculate, but it seems Airbus is not reveling everything in regards to why they playing with an electric plane – I think this is a LENR play on their part. So while their LENR patent was for an APU, I think that APU is destined to be a LENR power unit for such electric planes. This suggests a LENR powered plane may not be that far off!

    Albert D. Kallal
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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  • Gerard McEk

    If LENR is going to be used for aircraft propulsion, then it is likely that the closed loop turbine system based on CO2 or H2O will directly driver the propulsion turbine. A small electrical generator on the same main axis will make the electrical power needed for the required internal aircraft needs and the control of the LENR process.

  • builditnow

    Electric cars could get a hot-cat powered mini turbine charger retrofitted. Refuel every couple of years. When you get home you plug into the house to power the house and the local grid.
    Here is a complete working unit in a small suit case, targeted for robots, made in Japan. Other larger units also exist.

    • Omega Z

      “targeted for robots”

      If you have Robots, you don’t need a car. It can do most of your errands & work for you. When you have to get out, just let it carry you. I here the DOD has 1 that can do 30 or 40 mile an hour.

      If you encounter road rage, let the Bot take care of it. 🙂

  • Alan DeAngelis
  • Teemu Soilamo

    Wake me up when Elon Musk will demonstrate his vertical take-off, supersonic electric JET.

    • Omega Z

      Elon already has a vertical take-off rocket.
      Those vertical landings are a little rough yet.

      • Teemu Soilamo

        Yeah, but is it electric?

        • Omega Z

          Check back in 2040. 🙂

      • builditnow

        Musk talked about vertical take-off jets, separately from his rockets.
        The jets would be turbine powered, not rocket powered.
        Musk’s contention is that the power required for a high altitude supersonic or hypersonic jet matches nicely with the requirements for vertical take-off. You need a lot more power to go supersonic and a lot more power to take off vertically, so they match.

        With LENR, you remove the fuel weight making vertical takeoff of lightweight aircraft much more practical. The hot-cat is in the correct temperature range to power jet engines by direct substitution of jet fuel heat with hot-cat heat. See an excellent and thorough analysis in the Jan / Feb 2014 NASA seedlings conference, available online, where such a heat powered jet has already been demonstrated by the US air force in a full scale bomber with nuclear fission powered jet engines that flew demonstration flights.
        (a crazy idea for fission, but, they did it.)