Five Indian students, from four different time zones, have entered the finals of ‘Fly Your Ideas’ – a global competition floated by Airbus.
The five students – Sathiskumar Anusuya Ponnusami, Dhamotharan Veerasamy, Shashank Agrawal, Ajith Moses and Mohit Gupta – are studying in Bangalore, Netherlands, US and London but came together to work on this groundbreaking idea that can revolutionize the entire aviation industry.
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A visualization of a modified wing. Airbus
“Also we convert the body of the aircraft into a gigantic battery. On an average the plane needs to fly for about 12 hours to have enough energy. So the idea will cater to long haul flights. At present, for taxing, the airplane keeps both its main engines running which is a total waste. Instead the plane can use the energy it saved up through the vibration during flight time,” Ponnusami told TOI.
The winner of the competition will be announced on May 27 at Hamburg, Germany. They will receive 30,000 euros as prize money.