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US space agency NASA has announced a competition for green aircraft designers, in which low-carbon flying machines will contend for a $1.5m prize at a contest to be held in California in two years' time. The Taurus Electro battery motor-glider from Pipistrel You didn't want that flying car, did you? Have an electric plane (well …

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$1.5M?

Can anyone really design and build an aircraft like this for no more than $1.5M? They'll probably cost that much to buy one.

I would hate to run out of biogas in mid-flight.

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To be held at Charles M Schulz Airport....

So the winning entry must be a red doghouse with a beagle on top!

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I think

The Register is in pole postition for this

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Early attempt

The Shuttleworth collection have an English Electric Wren built in 1923 which

achieved 87.5 mpg :-

http://www.shuttleworth.org/shuttleworth_aircraft_details.asp?ID=13

One might hope that doubling that performance in some 80 years should

not be too difficult...

Geoff

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Make mine a B52H

Powered with lentil, peace and free love.

Or 181,610L of your finest JP8, barman.

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Quietness

It seems to me we are just talking about gliders with enough power to take off to a suitable altitude here, as such one would expect them to be extremely quiet once airborne. Even if this is not the case, noise is just escaping energy, therefore any vehicle that wants to be as efficient as possible must as a part of that efficiency drive reduce noise...

Oh yeah, and I'd rather run out of biogas in a glider than a flying car! ;o)

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