"Over the next year, at a research site on the fringes of the Mojave desert in
California, Nasa will hunt for a breakthrough against one of the climate
crisis’s most stubborn challenges – how to eliminate carbon pollution from
aviation via a new generation of electric airplanes.
Prodded by Joe Biden’s quest to slash the US’s planet-heating emissions to net
zero, Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power
aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel, with the aim of phasing in
electric flights for Americans within the next 15 years.
The demonstration tests of electric propulsion will be overseen by Nasa’s
Armstrong Flight Research Center, located north of Los Angeles, the site of
several previous landmarks such as the first crewed plane to break the speed of
Breakthroughs of similar importance can be made to tackle the growing, and
unsolved, problem of how to curb planet-heating gases belched out by the tangle
of commercial flights that crisscross the world. Electric planes may be,
finally, getting ready to take off."
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "good to see"
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