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Using Ion Propulsion in Model Aircraft

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Dr. Edward J. “Ned” Britt has over 40 years of experience in many areas of research including space nuclear reactor systems, low energy plasma physics, space power and propulsion systems. He was CEO of Space Power, Inc. when it was sold to Pratt & Whitney and continues to be an expert in ion drives for space vehicles.
South Bay Soaring Society is fortunate to have Ned speak about the possible use of atmospheric ion propulsion technology to something really important like model gliders. His talk will focus on assessing the use of electro-static propeller (ESP) are an array of very small carbon nanotubes mounted on top of a glider’s wing to add thrust using very small amounts of electric power.

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