The engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have said they have had a great deal of success as the first "strong state" of the aircraft does not move and does not fly as a base for fossil fuels.
The flight is moving in the "technological ionic wind" and, in the future, it can open the way to a more quiet and environmentally-friendly aircraft, engineers have said that the findings of the Nature magazine have been published on Wednesday.
"This is the duration of a first flight of the aircraft without part of the propulsion system," said Steven Barrett, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, according to the research center news office. "This has opened up new and explicit options that do not create more relaxed, mechanically easier and combustion emissions."
Almost 115 years ago, the Wright Brothers made the story of their first flight: they began to discover the beginning of the era of human domination in the heavens.
From this first flight, most airplanes move parts like winds or turbines to get rid of it in the air.
Not for MIT's plane, the concept of "ionic wind" was developed around the electrodynamic momentum.
To fly, in merger, the battery pack of 20,000 times an electricity supply has been provided with the width of the plane under the wing. The electric fields created the flow of nitrogen ions from the wires to the rear of the aircraft so that they could have a sufficient power to achieve a permanent flight.
Barrett, who is the lead author of the project, said the idea of the ionic plane comes from the "Star Trek" series. In small children, Barret was silent on the shuttles that were moving without moving parts.
This fascination led Barrett to develop the concept of ionic wind in the 1920s.
The group has designed a lightweight five-kilogram weight, five meters wide. When he tested the gym's design, the team made the plane 60 meters distant, and repeated 10 times.
The MIT team hopes to develop its ion plane, with longer voltages. In a shorter term, designs could have applications for smaller aircraft, such as drones, noisy ones.
"This was the simplest possible plane that we could prove a concept that could fly an ionic plane," says Barrett MIT news. "The mission carried out is far from being an airplane that is useful, it has to be more efficient, longer and fly away".