NASA has just announced that its new X-57 “Maxwell” all electric powered test plane is ready for testing. This will be the first time this all electric aircraft will be tested by the Space Agency.
With the arrival of the X-57 Maxwell at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in California the Space Agency can begin ground testing, which will the be followed by actual flight testing. Edwards is also where virtually all new USAF aircraft are given their first testing routines.
This all-electric X-57 is just one of a number of modified vehicles that will not only help NASA researchers test electric propulsion systems for aircraft, but will also help them set up standards, design practices and certification plans alongside industry for forthcoming electric aerial transportation options, including the growing industry springing up around electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft for short-distance transportation.
The above photos are courtesy of NASA