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.