- Rolls Royce aviation has announced that they have smashed a long-standing record of the fastest aircraft in the world
- The aviation branch of the company says their all-electric aeroplane underwent its first flight in September and it has already broken a record
- According to the company, their new electric plane smashed a record of 213.04km/h (132 mph) previously held by Siemens
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Rolls Royce Aviation has just broken a massive record of the fastest plane ever produced in the world. The aviation company released a statement that they have launched an all-electric aircraft that is the world’s fastest.
The company says it has submitted data to the Federation of Aeronautique International (FAI), a body that certifies such records, that their plane reached a top speed of 555.9km/h (345.4mph) over a three-kilometre distance.
The record becomes the newest as Rolls Royce smashed the current record of 213.04km/h (132 mph) that was held by a Siemens-powered Extra 330LE.
Rolls Royce aviation announce record-breaking all-electric aircraft
Through a statement published on the company’s website, Rolls Royce said they also conducted some runs at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence’s Boscombe Down to experiment with the plane’s speed. The company said:
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“In further runs at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Boscombe Down experimental aircraft testing site, the aircraft achieved 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometres – 292.8km/h (182mph) faster than the previous record – and broke the fastest time to climb to 3 000 metres by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds, according to our data."
According to Engadget, the plane had its maiden flight two months ago and Rolls Royce's Spirit of Innovation has hit a top speed of 387.4 mph, thus breaking the speed record for electric aeroplanes.
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“Wow, that's some achievement. Did flash through my head if that was the speed attained in the dive after the battery failed.”
“Electric aeroplanes outperforming gas planes, electric cars outperforming gas cars... Can’t wait to see electric boats outperform gas boats.”
“Fantastic work by your engineering teams involved!”
“This is cool. What's the noise output like?”
Chinese Bullet Train: Faster than an aeroplane, travels 600km per hour
In a similar report, YEN News wrote that China unveiled new technology in rail transportation with its prototype high-speed magnetic levitation bullet train.
According to DesignBoom, the train can travel at high speeds of 600km per hour and be developed by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC). The train is set to start serving the public in 2021.
It should be noted that magnetic levitation is a type of technology in a train transport system where magnetic forces are deployed to make trains travel efficiently at high speeds.
With the use of two magnetic forces, the train is pushed forward at a pace that makes it ‘float’ without friction. The lack of friction between the train and the tracks boosts the speed.
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