Electric Corporate Airplane Goal of Kyushu University Researchers
Researchers at Kyushu University have plans on the drawing board to develop a small electric aircraft for use as a private plane or airborne taxi.
Having conducted a successful test flight with a 1:10 scale unmanned test plane, the researchers are now making basic designs for a full-scale model to be completed within the current academic year. Despite numerous obstacles, which include securing research funding and safety issues, the researchers are confident they can make a commercially viable aircraft.
The work is being done by a research group led by professor Shigeru Aso of the Graduate School of Engineering, who specializes in aerospace fluid dynamics, and the Kyushu Koku-Uchu Kyokai (Kyushu aerospace association), a private-sector organization formed by aviation experts.
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