NASA Shares A Glimpse Of Its First All-Electric Experimental Plane
By Thanussha Priyah, 07 Oct 2019
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For over 70 years, NASA has been experimenting with X-planes, or experimental planes, to test out various technologies. This included the Bell X-1, the first plane that managed to break sound barriers in flight.
The space agency is now geared up to test its first all-electric experimental aircraft, now known as the X-57 Maxwell.
The aircraft was delivered to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California by Luis Obispo, California-based company ESAero.
The project manager behind X-57, Tom Rigney, shared in a statement that the delivery of the X-57 Mod II is a “significant event,” as it kicks off a “new phase in this exciting electric X-plane project.”
With the addition of the X-57, NASA will begin testing its integrated electric propulsion system to make sure the aircraft is ready for flight.
The all-electric aircraft comes in three configurations. The first of it is known as Modification II, or Mod II, of which NASA has started the systems validation tests on the ground. Plans for the next Mod III and Mod IV have already been set in motion and will include tests on the plane’s high-aspect-ratio wing.
The X-57 project aims to “help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft markets,” and NASA has stated that it will share the design of the plane with regulators and the aviation industry to “advance certification approaches” for all-electric aircrafts.
More information about NASA's X-57 Maxwell can be found here.
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The first all-electric🔌 configuration of NASA’s X-57 Maxwell is here! 📍 • The X-57, NASA’s first all-electric experimental aircraft, or X-plane – and the first crewed X-plane in two decades – was delivered in the first of three configurations as an all-electric aircraft, known as Modification II, or Mod II. • The delivery is a major milestone for the project, allowing NASA engineers to begin putting the aircraft through ground tests, to be followed by taxi tests and eventually, flight tests. A goal of the X-57 project is to help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft markets. • To find out more about the X-57✈️ visit : https://www.nasa.gov/aeroresearch • & Check out our stories for some behind the scenes!
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NASA X-57 Maxwell, el primer avión X totalmente eléctrico de la agencia y el primer avión X tripulado en dos décadas, se entrega en su configuración Mod II, que implica la prueba del sistema de propulsión eléctrica de crucero de la aeronave. pic.twitter.com/eXL2jbdoWp— Feliz Vuelo [email protected] (@FelizVuelo) October 4, 2019
Just arrived: NASA's first all-electric experimental aircraft, or X-plane! Researchers will use it to demo the benefits electric propulsion may have for aircraft efficiency, emissions and noise.— NASA360 (@NASA360) October 4, 2019
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[via New York Post, images via NASA]
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