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Closer to the birds

Vicor modules enable a novel glider using battery powered electrical propulsion to take to the air!

Gliding is the closest we come to free flight. But to enjoy this freedom, gliders need to gain height in order to reach a thermal. This requires a winch or a tow.
Auxiliary propulsion systems make it possible to get gliders off the ground. A conventional solution uses combustion motors, but their performance decreases with altitude, so they must be oversized and this imposes weight, heat and noise burdens.
German glider company Lange Flugzeugbau, which wanted to add an electric engine for self powered takeoff and climb, has used Vicor modules in the Antares 20E, the first glider to receive the European Aviation Safety Agency’s type certification for an electrical propulsion system.

Vanessa Knivett

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