Electra.aero has unveiled the test vehicle for its hybrid-electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. Electra’s eSTOL technology demonstrator (TD) is the described by its makers as the “world’s first blown lift aircraft using distributed electric propulsion, which enables the airplane to take off and land in very short spaces”. Electra’s proprietary blown lift technology uses eight motors to provide additional wing lift, and hybrid-electric power that provides internal recharging capabilities for aircraft batteries, eliminating the need for new ground infrastructure. The two-seat piloted TD aircraft showcases the Electra eSTOL technology at full scale and will be flown this summer

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