This Bonkers Jet Has an Engine With No Moving Parts. It Just Completed Its First Flight.

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The modern pulsejet engine seems like pure sci-fi and looks like the exhaust system of a muscle car. It hopes to revolutionize commercial jets.

This Electric Flying Car Could Take You to Work Next Year—and Then Fit in Your Garageshowing its demonstrator picking up speed, taking off, doing several mid-air starts and successfully landing. The unmanned aerial vehicle had an assemblage on top that resembled a curved exhaust pipe on a muscle car. That was actually the wave engine, a contemporary variation of the pulsejet engine, which was first used on German V-1 guided missiles in WWII.

This 100-pound unmanned aerial vehicle has the Wave Engine J-1, which has no moving parts, mounted on top. It made a successful takeoff and landing last week. Boeing has a proprietary pulsejet engine technology called Pulse Ejector Thrust Augmentor , while aircraft engine makers Pratt & Whitney and General Electric have PDE research programs that usefor testing concepts early in the design phase. Boeing may use it on its Light Aerial Multi-Purpose Vehicle for future combat scenarios.

“We continue to push the performance and flight envelope,” said Daanish Maqbool, CEO of Wave Engine in the statement. “We have worked for years to harness the power of sound and fire, and we believe it is going to change the industry.”

 

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