Quicksilver Propellers, a company founded by two former Boeing 777 pilots, has announced that it has developed a new definition for self-powered flight.
The company says it is using the term “snowflake” to refer to a self-propelled aircraft capable of flying through snow or ice without relying on a propeller.
This is a term that has been around for many years, but is currently being contested by the industry.
Quicksilvers website states that “the definition of a snowflake has always been that the aircraft has been able to travel at least 100 meters without using any power source”.
Quicksildes new definition, according to its website, would include the ability to fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour in the snow or at speeds up to 50 kilometers per day.
“Snowflakes are not airplanes,” Quicksilon says on its website.
“Instead they are the next generation of aircraft that can be flown at high speeds and in the cold without relying upon a propellor.”
The company’s website does not include a technical definition for the word “snotflake”.
But Quicksily says that its definition includes the ability for an aircraft to travel through snow, ice, sand, water, and wind.
Quixys new definition does not mean that the pilot has to fly in snow, and is not an indication that the plane can travel through the ground.
“The only thing that the snowflake is really saying is that the airplane is able to fly,” Quixy’s founder, David Quix, told CNN.
The aircraft uses a propellers that it built in-house, but Quix has said that the company would be willing to provide a design.
The new definition comes as a result of Quicksilens research into a new type of aircraft.
Quats new aircraft is capable of traveling at speeds approaching Mach 2, which is roughly the speed of light, Quix said.
The Quicksillys new aircraft will be able to achieve speeds of Mach 3.5 and Mach 4.5.
Quiksilver’s new definition would also include the capability to travel in the deep, with the plane able to reach speeds of 200 kilometers per second in the water.
“We will be making the aircraft lighter and stronger to withstand the rigors of extreme cold and the dangers of ice,” Quijs said.
Quiles new definition is a step in the right direction.
The idea of a new breed of aircraft is not new.
The United States has been using the word snowflake for years, although the concept of snowflakes has been controversial.
In the late 1800s, German scientist Ferdinand Schmidt, who died in 1903, proposed the term snowflake as a way to refer back to the concept that the sun was a reflection of the earth.
The term “Snowflake” has been in use by American and British engineers, as well as aircraft designers.
Quijes claims the new company is working on a new aircraft that will be “super light” and “super strong”.
He said the company has already received “over a million dollars” for its work on the project.
“Our goal is to be able not only to make these new aircraft lighter but also to make them stronger and faster, as opposed to the current technology,” Quiys statement said.