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Electric Airplane Sets Speed Record

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Skyspark soars to new record

The mainstream media flat missed this one, but we think it’s a rather cool breakthrough.

Earlier this month, Italian astronaut Maurizio Cheli electrified the green flying world (okay, it’s a small — but dedicated — group) with his record-setting flight of a fully electric airplane.

The electric SkySpark flew for the first time June 8, then on June 10 was airborne for 8 minutes and hit a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). That speed is said to be a record speed for a 100-percent electrically powered aircraft, according to SkySpark.

The project is a joint enterprise between engineering company DigiSky and Turin Polytechnic University.

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