NASA in final stages of testing all-electric aircraft in preparation for test flight later in 2020

April 16, 2020
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NASA's X-57 Maxwell will seat two passengers and contain 12 electric motors placed near the propellers in the wings. The lightweight all-electric design will have a cruising speed of 172 mph at 8,000 ft and will be equipped with 47 kWh of LFP cells for short flights. NASA has three design drivers: increased energy efficiency, zero in-flight carbon emissions, and quieter movement. The research effort will help develop certification standards for new aviation markets and share the design process with regulators to standardize electric aviation certification. Clients interested in electric aviation should expect this project to result in guidelines for small aircraft development and implementation much like NASA's Urban Air Mobility program.

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