UK university researcher unveils new flying motorcycle designs

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A researcher from the University of Nottingham in the UK has elaborate oned innovative flying motorcycle designs.

The designs are developed by Richard Glassock, a maestro in hybrid propulsion systems for aircraft at the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) of University of Nottingham, and countenance a detachable motorcycle acting as an additional power source for an electric aircraft to outstretch flight duration.

The new RExLite and RExMoto designs can be powered by conventionally ammunitioned, combustion engine-driven electrical generators to supply energy at peak adroitness.

RExLite is a self-contained 40kW electrical generation power plant that can be tailored to various electric aircraft to receive up to three hours of extra stamina through conventional combustion of hydrocarbon fuel.

“As aircraft of the future accept more electrical systems, we need engineering solutions to overcome present-day limitations.»

It can also increase the range and endurance of small two-seater all-electric aircraft.

RExMoto is a modular 50kW electrical beginning power plant that can be attached to electric aircraft. Designed as a habitual scooter or motorcycle, it provides two to three hours of additional endurance.

The new combination electric aircraft designs are also capable of releasing minimal emissions.

The sketch outs could attract private aircraft owners who would be able to fly their aircraft for longer durations, crop emissions and requiring less fuel, and then use the detachable motorcycle to be prolonged their journey after landing.

Glassock said: “As aircraft of the unborn adopt more electrical systems, we need engineering solutions to triumph over current limitations.

“With RexLite and RExMoto, leisure craft inclination be able to fly much further for much longer, offering pilots and holders of private two-seater or four-seater aircraft real benefits when commuting.

“The forwards also extend to pilot training as more electric aircraft wishes lower running costs, fuel burn and achieve an appreciable reduction in ballyhoo levels, most notably at suburban airports. As airports are gradually hemmed in by the suburban lie about, the use of the hybrid range extenders may make evening and night training disperses of electric aircraft more acceptable.”

Further research is expected to be conducted out to see the new designs’ feasibility for commercial use.

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