NASA, working for many years on their all-new experimental project, X-57 “Maxwell” first-ever electric aircraft. So, NASA has unveiled all about the basic version of its electric aeroplane and provides an overview of the same in California on Friday. X-57 Maxwell is actually an inspirational development from an Italian-made Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane. The plane is been developing since 2015 and is still a year away from its first test flight.
X-57 Maxwell is currently got attached with two powerful electric motors composed of lithium-ion batteries that have made this plane ready for the public preview. Even the plane is still under development, but NASA has also unleashed about its newly built simulator that gives that fully finished feel to engineers and pilots once it will be completely developed.
In the National Aeronautics, X-57 Maxwell is the latest and the most awaited experimental aircraft for everyone. Let me reveal an interesting fact about this X-57 Maxwell and that is it will be the first-ever plane to be developed in two decades. Space Administration has already shown us many technological developments such as bullet-shaped Bell X-1 for breaking the sound barrier, X-15 rocket plane flown by the first man to the moon, Neil Armstrong, and now we are all waiting for X-57 Maxwell electric aircraft.
Not only NASA while there are many other private companies too who are all working on all-electric planes and hover-craft for years but NASA is focusing to develop something that could meet all the standards and can be approved by the government certification.
According to NASA’s Project Manager, this X-57 Maxwell will also be including all the required parameters for energy efficiency and noise. He further added, “We’re focussing on things that can help the whole industry, not just one company, Our target right now is to fly this airplane in late 2020.”
The final development of X-57 Maxwell will be accomplished of narrower “lighter-weight wings” fitted with the entire 14 electric engines, 6 smaller “lift” props with the sharp edges of each wing, 2 larger “cruise” props at the tip of the wings. The lift props will be helpful for the take-off and landings and back off during the cruise phase.
X-57 Maxwell will be using electric motors instead of internal-combustion engines as electric motors are more compact, simple to maintain, light-weighted, require less energy to fly and are quieter as compared to those conventional engines. For now, this experimental electric aircraft is facing only one challenge and that is battery technology and all the scientists are focusing on the same to resolve.