EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL PLANE FLIES SILENTLY, MAY LEAD TO QUIET DRONES

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A nearly silent, drone-sized air­craft has shown it can fly, thanks to a sci­en­tist who was in­spired by watch­ing “Star Trek” as a child.

With nei­ther pro­pellers nor jets, the air­plane gets its thrust by ap­ply­ing a strong elec­tric field to the air. That gen­eral idea has been demon­strated at sci­ence fairs, but the new work shows it can power a free-fly­ing air­plane.

So can peo­ple look for­ward to trav­el­ing in planes that are al­most silent and emit no air pol­lu­tion?

“Not any­time soon,” says Steven Bar­rett of the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, who re­ported the re­sults in a study re­leased Wed­nes­day by the jour­nal Na­ture.

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