And with the most affordable carbon-fiber monocoque available here, it has a very low cost to the user.
The first of its kind to use carbon fiber and composite materials, White Lightning,comes equipped with an on-board system which provides up to 24,000 lbs of thrust, a power-to-weight ratio of ~1.5, and a peak speed of almost 300 kts.
From the outside, the craft looks like a massive delta-shaped aircraft. In reality, its size would be comparable to a Boeing 713 , with the aerodynamic shape that Boeing uses. The tail is dominated by a horizontal fin, though.
There are no doors on the aircraft, though.
The White Lightning uses a number of innovative technologies to reduce weight of a single-engine aircraft. All of the fuel is in-line and stored within the fuel tank. All of the electrical power is produced via lithium ion cells and is available over a wide range of frequencies via the transceiver. The entire craft is equipped with a single power source .
“Fuel is stored in the wings, and will increase the fuel load by 20%, which allows us to reduce the size of the fuel tank for a given weight, which is important for extreme high altitude flight conditions.”
As with the other White Lightning designs, the White Lightning uses an electric power module for all of the electrical power, even though it’s not an electric engine. Instead, the entire process is run by batteries.
Since the batteries are still lithium ion, there is no risk of over-discharging if the batteries are low.
“High speed flight is possible using up to 20,000 lbs of thrust.”
An excellent performance in high altitude, combined with a low cost to the users, is what White Lightning has set out to achieve. They will have the first flight-ready White Lightning on the market in 2016.
A look at the interior of the White Lightning.