Cars are not the only type of transportation which are going electric in the name of the environment. NASA has been working on an experimental electric plane, the Maxwell X-57, which received the last month. As reported by Reuters, NASA was off on an early version of the plane on Friday, in addition to a new simulator for pilots to experience what he wants to say.
Located at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, the experimental aircraft is in the first of three configurations, called Modification II or Mod II well being better for the environment.
These phases are currently in testing, featuring components as well as a high-aspect-ratio wing at NASA Armstrong's Flight Loads Laboratory.
For now, the Maxwell Mod II and its 14 electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries have been debuted to the world and NASA is making its ambitions for the project known. "Brent Cobleigh, a project manager for NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, told Reuters. "Our target right now is to fly this airplane in late 2020."
NASA aims to create technology which could be used by commercial manufacturers in order to make the whole aviation industry more environmentally friendly and more efficient. The greatest limitation on the Maxwell as it stands is the capacity of the batteries, which means the plane can only be used for short-haul flights. Still, the electric engine system is more compact, less heavy, and easier to maintain than traditional engines. It also makes less noise.
The plan is now due to undergo more tests before transitioning to the Mod III and IV phases.