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The solid state aircraft concept integrates three unique types of materials (thin film solar arrays, thin film lithium batteries and an ionic polymer metal composite) to produce an aircraft that has no moving parts, requires no combustion, can fly at high altitudes, is easily deployable and has applications on Earth, Venus and Mars.
The key material of this concept is an ionic polymeric-metal composite (IPMC) that provides source of control and propulsion. This material has the unique capability of deforming in an electric field and returning to its original shape when the field is removed. Combining the IPMC with thin-film batteries and thin-film photovoltaics provides both energy source and storage in the same structure.
Originally posted by JIMC5499
If there are no moving parts how do the wings flap? I believe flapping is a motion so something has to move.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
A first step toward creating artificial muscle perhaps, for people who are amputees.