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Solid-state ‘ion drive’ plane with no moving parts makes historic first flight

The blue glowing jets of science-fiction spacecraft came a step closer to reality on Wednesday as US physicists unveiled the world s first solid-state aeroplane with no moving parts, powered in flight by supercharged air molecules. More than a century on from the Wright brothers first artificial flight, scientists hailed the historic test of the new ion drive technology, which could eventually slash greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation. Ever since...

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