Rolls-Royce all-electric aircraft breaks two new world records

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 24 January 2022

The Spirit of Innovation – the all-electric aircraft – has now been dubbed the fastest aircraft in the world. Both flights took place at an experimental site.

The aircraft hit an average of 555.9km/h over 3km, breaking the previous record by 213.04 km/h. The second attempt had an average of 532.1km/h over 15km, breaking the previous record by 298.8km/h. Both attempts have been verified as records by the World Air Sports Federation, according to BBC News.

This project is part of the UK Government-backed Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) project.

Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East commented that ‘Achieving the all-electric world-speed record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce.’

Rolls-Royce’s aerospace headquarters also stated that the propulsion battery pack was the most power-dense battery pack assembled for a plane ever – enough to charge 7500 phones!

‘This is another milestone that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and supports our ambitions to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea,’ said East.

Picture: Screenshot from video

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