27 May 2014
Alan Epstein, Pratt & Whitney’s vice president of Technology and Environment, says in a recent Flight Global article that there needs to be revolutionary leaps in electronic aircraft technology before it could be used in commercial or military aircraft. He believes there would have to be three “miracles” in battery developments, which are currently “two-and-a-half too [many] for an industrial organisation and one-and-a-half [too many] for most companies.” Despite these roadblocks, he does believe Pratt & Whitney’s parent company United Technologies will lead development when the technology has advanced enough. (Image: Prototype ElectraFlyer-X. Credit: Wikipedia / Electric Aircraft Corporation)
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