The ion-drive plane takes flight at MIT’s indoor running track. Photo: Nature / YouTube The ion-drive plane takes flight at MIT’s indoor running track. Photo: Nature / YouTube
The ion-drive plane takes flight at MIT’s indoor running track. Photo: Nature / YouTube
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Star Trek-inspired ‘ion drive’ plane with no moving parts makes historic first flight

  • The plane has no propeller or turbines and is instead powered by supercharged air molecules
  • The silent aircraft, built by researchers at MIT, flew only 55 metres but could herald a revolution in flight technology

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The ion-drive plane takes flight at MIT’s indoor running track. Photo: Nature / YouTube The ion-drive plane takes flight at MIT’s indoor running track. Photo: Nature / YouTube
The ion-drive plane takes flight at MIT’s indoor running track. Photo: Nature / YouTube
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