The travelers who are turning their backs on airplanes

Swiss and German scientists fly through clouds over Kyrgyzstan in jets that are largely unmanned The travelers who are turning their backs on airplanes A strange, new trend has come and gone in the…

The travelers who are turning their backs on airplanes

Swiss and German scientists fly through clouds over Kyrgyzstan in jets that are largely unmanned

The travelers who are turning their backs on airplanes

A strange, new trend has come and gone in the summer of 2019: planes with their engines switched off.

The Swiss and German scientists, who happen to be technical experts on flight safety and testing, flew their unmanned planes to remote locations over Kyrgyzstan. On the route they had to fly down a river, facing dust storms.

The purpose of the experiment was to see whether there was a real difference in the flight performance of drones and manned aircraft. The tests, with the two scientists and their six planes, were made in April and May.

Drilena, a research scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, told Spiegel Online: “It was really difficult and not dangerous. This could change the future of aviation.”

The planes were largely unmanned and operated from controls beneath the aircraft to ensure optimal flight speed and height.

Swiss graduate student Marc Hauser of the technical university Ruhr-University Bochum, who worked on the experiment, said: “This is the first time a European aviation operator has done this, though in the US and Asia they have flown unmanned planes as a technology demonstration project.”

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