NASA flies its first electric aircraft : Page 2 of 2

October 04, 2019 //By Rich Pell
NASA takes delivery of X-plane electric aircraft
NASA has taken delivery of the first configuration of its X-57 Maxwell experimental electric aircraft from Empirical Systems Aerospace (ESAero).

"ESAero is thrilled to be delivering the MOD II X-57 Maxwell to NASA AFRC," says ESAero President and CEO Andrew Gibson. "In this revolutionary time, the experience and lessons learned, from early requirements to current standards development, has the X-57 paving the way. This milestone, along with receiving the successfully load-tested MOD III wing back, will enable NASA, ESAero and the small business team to accelerate and lead electric air vehicle distributed propulsion development on the MOD III and MOD IV configurations with integration at our facilities in San Luis Obispo."

The X-57 team is using a "design driver" - which includes a 500% increase in high-speed cruise efficiency, zero in-flight carbon emissions, and flight that is much quieter for communities on the ground - as a technical challenge, to drive lessons learned and best practices.


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