Electric aircraft are starting small, but as the industry looks to the future, researchers are turning to superconductors to enable the high power densities required if electric motors and generators are ever to replace turbofan engines. Superconducting motors offer the potential for much higher power densities and efficiencies. This could enable more efficient, unconventional aircraft configurations with distributed propulsion systems where power generators and propulsors are split ...

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