Russia Prepares To Flight-Test Superconducting Electric Propulsion

A high-temperature superconducting electric motor has been installed in the nose of the Yak-40 testbed.
Credit: SibNIA
A Russian research agency is preparing to begin the first flight tests of a superconducting electric motor powering an aircraft. The modified Yakovlev Yak-40 airliner has begun taxi tests in Novosibirsk, Siberia. The Yak-40 trijet has been modified to hybrid-electric propulsion by SibNIA, the...
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