Paper Boys

Episode 18

How does an ion plane actually fly?

A new plane design from MIT could revolutionize aerospace.

Airplanes are responsible for 10% of the carbon footprint of the US. Recently the news reported on a new “ion plane” that could revolutionize the industry…but can it actually? James brings in a paper from MIT researchers detailing their new propulsion system and we get to the bottom of the real science.

Grad Student Highlight: Anna Sheppard shares her research on electric propulsion for spacecraft!

Check out the “Ion Plane” paper here and the CNN article here.

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