The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has unveiled its first electric aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell. It has been working on it since 2015. On Saturday, November 9, Free News reported.
The Maxwell was the first all-electric aircraft to be built by the Agency. Its presentation was held at the Armstrong flight research center in California.
It is reported that the aircraft is designed to transport a small number of passengers at close range. This is due to the limitations that its batteries have.
In addition, NASA has presented a simulator that will allow pilots and engineers to understand exactly how the aircraft will behave in the sky. Now the device will also allow them to use Maxwell systems, which are not yet in development.
#NASA showcases its first electric plane, X-57 Maxwell
The X-57 Maxwell has been showcased at NASA's aeronautics lab in the California desert. The electric plane, which has been under development since 2015, is expected to conduct its first test flight next year. pic.twitter.com/hlpccpA8BC
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According to the publication, the first test flight of the aircraft will take place in less than a year. The Maxwell will be the Agency’s first manned experimental aircraft, which it has built in two decades.