First hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft takes off in Bedfordshire, UK, according to SkyNews. The only thing the Piper-M class aircraft emits is water vapor, so this is a new technology that many companies, such as Airbus, are testing, as it could revolutionize Aviation if it succeeds.
In that sense, ZeroAvia, the company behind this aircraft, assures that its intention is to make hydrogen planes available in 3 years.
"What we're doing is replacing fossil fuel engines with what's called hydrogen electric motors," ZeroAvia founder and CEO Val Miftakhov told SkyNews.
A prototype of this type of engine had already crossed the skies, but the company stresses that it is the first time that a commercial aircraft available on the market has crossed the sky using a hydrogen engine.
But airports are not adapted to this type of technology, so generalising hydrogen aircraft will mean that infrastructure and ground operations will also have to be adapted.
First hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft takes off
"It's not just a matter of creating hydrogen-based aircraft and getting them to work, we need the infrastructure on the ground to support everything," Loughborough University aviation researcher David Gleave told the same media.
The British government is supporting the project as part of its Jet Zero Council initiative, which seeks to make zero-emission flights possible. The executive hopes that this technology can bring economic benefit to the UK, even when the aviation world is going through a difficult time by the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is a globally successful technology that represents an economic opportunity for the UK as well as a response to the challenge of climate change," said British Minister for Aviation and Maritime Transport Robert Courts.
This same week Airbus announced that it also wants to launch hydrogen planes in 2035, with which, like ZeroAvia, seeks to lead the decarbonisation of its entire sector.
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Lunar calendar of October: the days when you can see each of the phases of the Moon
On November 30, 2020, the last lunar eclipse of the year will take place and, although only those in America and Asia can enjoy it, you have every month several nightly appointments with the only natural satellite on Earth.
In this regard, the month of October will be no exception.
To start the month, on October 1 you can enjoy a micro Full Moon, which occurs when the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth.
Thus, you will notice that the satellite will look smaller and less bright.
In addition, on October 7 there will be rain of Draconids that, coming from the remains left by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, is a smaller star rain that produces just about 10 meteors per hour.
While it is true that you can enjoy this astronomical event anywhere in the World, Shooting Stars are easier to spot in the northern hemisphere.
And, although the rain will peak on the night of October 7, you can also view it on the night of the 6th and 8th of the same month.
Also, on October 13 Mars will be in opposition. That is, the Red Planet will be in its closest approach to Earth.
In fact, you can see it all night and if you have a medium-sized telescope, you can even observe some of the dark details on the reddish surface of the planet, according to very interesting.
On 21 and 22 October there will be Orionide rain, produced by the remains left by Halley's comet.
Thus, up to 20 meteors are expected per hour, which is equivalent to an average rainfall.
In the same way, October 31 will be blue moon, as, as you will see below, it will be the second full moon in the same month, something that is unusual in the lunar calendar.
But that same day, Uranus will also be in opposition.
In this sense, the greenish blue planet will be closer to Earth and its face will be completely illuminated by The Sun. Due to its enormous distance from Planet Earth, it will appear as a tiny blue-green dot on all telescopes, except for the more professional ones, of course.
This is the lunar calendar that you can follow to see each of the phases of the Moon during the month of October.
- Full moon: October 1, 2020 at 23: 05 hours
- Fourth waning: October 10, 2020 at 2: 39 a.m.
- New moon: October 16, 2020 at 21: 31 hours
- Growing room: October 23, 2020 at 15: 23 hours
- Full moon: October 31, 2020 at 15: 49 hours
It also notes the most special dates —the point at which it is furthest from Earth (apogee) and the point at which it is closest to the planet (perigee)— according to see Calendar.
- Peak of the moon: October 3, 2020 at 19: 24 hours, 406,319 km.
- Perigee of the moon: October 17, 2020 at 1: 48 hours, at 356,912 km.
- Peak of the moon: October 30, 2020 at 19: 47 hours, at 406,392 km.