Multiple sources have pointed out to me an ion wind-powered glider powered by Li-polymer batteries recently published in Nature. While “lifters” and other electrostatic kites have been commonly built as projects for some time, this is a cool new device suitable for inclusion in your introductory E&M course problems. Of course, one can always build lifters and read of the adventures of Orville the electronaut mouse in his little-known historic 2003 lifter flight.

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