NASA Shows Off X-57 Electric Airplane | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--01.13.20

Airborne UnManned--
01.21.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.22.20

AMA Drone Report--01.23.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.24.20

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--01.13.20

Airborne UnManned--
01-21.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.22.20

AMA Drone Report--01.23.20

Airborne Unlimited--01.24.20

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

NASA Shows Off X-57 Electric Airplane

Media Invited To View The Aircraft In A Hangar At Edwards AFB

NASA gave reporters a look at the X-57 'Maxwell' aircraft in a hangar at its Edwards Armstrong Research Center in California last week.

The agency gave the media access to the airplane as it gets ready for ground testing, as well as the X-57 flight simulator, according to a tweet from the agency.

The X-57 is based on the Tecnam P2006T twin-engine airplane, but has been fitted with 14 electric motors and propellers (12 high-lift motors along the leading edge of the wing and two large wingtip cruise motors).

The X-57 team is using a “design driver” as a technical challenge, to drive lessons learned, as well as best practices. This design driver includes a 500 percent increase in high-speed cruise efficiency, zero in-flight carbon emissions, and flight that is much quieter for the community on the ground, according to the agency.

As an all-electric experimental aircraft, X-57 will be powered through the use of lithium ion battery systems. In order to implement these systems as safely as possible, NASA first had to validate that the batteries could safely power an entire flight profile, and demonstrate the system’s ability to isolate any rapid temperature increase to prevent it from spreading, and escalating into a fire – an event known as a “thermal runaway”.

NASA engineers achieved this milestone following a system redesign in 2017, allowing the batteries to be fabricated, and ensuring a safe environment for the test program. The successful battery redesign was shared publicly, providing an immediate benefit to the industry as a result of the research.

Pilots and engineers developed and began flying an X-57 simulator at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, designed to feature the specifications of the electric propulsion system. The interactive simulator began preparing pilots for X-57’s future flight-testing phase.

Flight control engineers and technicians at NASA Armstrong developed the simulator to provide a virtual flight experience based on what the X-plane itself will actually feel like when it’s in the air. The system helps familiarize pilots with the system and makes them more adept with reaction times and maneuvers.

(Image provided by NASA via Twitter)

FMI: www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-109.html

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.24.20: AUS Firefighter Tragedy, MAX Update, PS752 Lawsuit

Also: Avidyne Helios, PS Engineering PAC45, Deployment Returns, Airport Chicken Politics A C-130 Hercules water tanker owned by Oregon-based Coulson Aviation has gone down in New S>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.21.20: Apple Lobbyist, Camcopter S-100, Autel 8K Evo II

Also: Super Bowl LIV Restrictions, Electric Silent Falcon E1, Phantom Drone Returns, 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Apple has hired an attorney specializing in drone and aviation law to act >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.26.20): Wake Turbulence

Wake Turbulence Phenomena resulting from the passage of an aircraft through the atmosphere. The term includes vortices, thrust stream turbulence, jet blast, jet wash, propeller was>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.26.20)

"The bill as filed ensures religious beliefs are protected from discrimination. It's about the First Amendment and freedom of speech, freedom of religion — those uniquely Ame>[...]

AMA Drone Report 01.23.20: DJI Phantom ReIntro, Autel Evo II, EAA v RID

Also: Drone Test Site Program, FoxFury D3060, Airbus eVTOL Vahana, Super Bowl TFR The DJI Phantom line of drones, considered by some to be the industry standard, vanished from stor>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC