Zero emission flights, English academic world sure they’ll be soon reality
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Director, Iain Gray, talked about the ambitious project
A sustainable aviation and zero emissions: it’s the target that Cranfield University wants to get after English atheaneum will be part of it thanks of professor Iain Gray, new member of Jet Zero Council. This is the alliance between ministries, businesses, commercial and environmental bodies: there are great personalities of academic and govenment world that want to promote sustainable aviation and zero emission flight by next generation. British university succeeded in developping Cranfield Aerospace Solutions that make electric and short range flights possibile towards UK islands in next 5 years.
Few weeks ago there was first electric flight in this country, precisely in Cranfield Airport. ZeroAvia believes in this project and wants to convert airplanes to hydrogen. English university is also promoting EnableH2, another project who is financed from EU: it consists in a flight demonstration with hydrogen itself by 2030. Today there will be JetZero Council virtual reunion for the first time and this event was used from Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace Solutions, to deepen future scenarios.
Gray is very enthusiastic about his participation to the council of academics and industrials. His message is clear: “All of us across the industry are committed to doing our bit to cut emissions in order to tackle the threat of climate change. We do not know yet what is fully possible, but we do know that short-haul looks achievable quickly”. He thinks there are symilar things between this project and committments of United States to make man on the Moon possible. Is it really practicable? Professor believes in a positive answer: “Will we get there? I think we will. The question should be not whether we will make it, but how long will it take?”.
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