Land transport is slowly becoming ecological, thanks to electric cars and trucks. Similar plans are already underway for maritime transport. Meanwhile, air transport is in place and will be far behind the rest for the next few years.
This sad fact is to change a little bit for the better, due to new projects that are currently being implemented in various corners of the planet. The American Space Agency (NASA) also entered this game. Its engineers are currently working on several projects that are expected to bring a bit of fresh breeze to the US aviation industry.
We would like to remind you that the agency is developing the concept of the successor to the famous Concorde and new, more efficient engines for passenger aircraft. Both projects will allow people to be transported around the world not only faster, but cheaper and with less burden on Mother Nature.
NASA has just given more details about its flagship project, under which it is building the world's first multi-pilot electric aircraft. X-57 Maxwell, because we are talking about it, is a small machine built on the basis of the Italian Tecnam P2006T. The electric plane is to have twice the range compared to machines with traditional propulsion and generate many times lower operating costs to its owners.
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The air vehicle was recently transported to the famous Armstrong Flight Research Center, which is located at the air force base in Edwards, southern California. This means that it is ready for experimental flights. This is great news, because after years of dreams about the electrical reality of aviation, now they can finally come true.
The VTOL machine has been equipped with 14 electric motors powered by an efficient battery from Electric Power Systems installed on board the aircraft. Interestingly, only two engines are enough for the flight, because the rest is intended for vertical take-offs and landings.
The X-57 Maxwell will allow four passengers to fly at altitudes up to 10 kilometers and speeds up to 280 km / h. “Structures such as the X-57 will allow us to maintain our position as a global leader in the aircraft and aviation sector“- says Jaiwon Shin, a member of the engineers in the X-57 project at NASA.
The agency is also planning to build larger units in the future and will even equip large passenger machines with electric motors. Therefore, the 1920s for aviation promise to be revolutionary.
Source: GeekWeek.pl/NASA / Photo. NASA