04 Oct '11, 11am

Electric Airplane Wins $1.35 Million Google/NASA Green Flight Award

Electric Airplane Wins $1.35 Million Google/NASA Green Flight Award

Before we get to Pipistrel, CAFE has an interesting story to tell. The organization (CAFE stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) had its genesis back in the 1970′s and pioneered its own high-efficiency flight competition in the 1980′s, helped along by the Experimental Aircraft Association. It takes a village, right? One of CAFE’s originators had already built an electric car, so the foundation’s roots in electric flight go deep. Back then, the competition had a prize of only $2,000 but the response was fantastic and since then CAFE has developed a raft of analytical tools to keep the tech advancing.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/10/04/electric-airplane-win...

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