Afterburner for Electric Ducted Fan 
Friday, November 24, 2006, 03:31 PM - Flying Contraptions
Several years ago, my dad toyed with the idea of building an electric moto-jet (moto-reacteur in French). The idea is to put an afterburner in the nozzle of an electric ducted fan. We never got around to building it, but someone just did: the MicroAfterBurner company. Unfortunately, the boost of thrust they are advertizing is only around 10% :-(

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Antares 20E: a full scale electric sailplane 
Monday, November 20, 2006, 06:56 PM - Flying Contraptions
Lange Flugzeugbau sells a full-scale electric powered sailplane called the Antares 20E.

This is not a model: it's a full-scale electric saiplane.
The power is supplied by 72 Lithium Ion cells from SAFT, which can take the sailplane to 3000 feet on a full charge.

The saiplane has an on-board computer running Linux.

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