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NASA approved the design of the world's first fully electric aircraft X-57

NASA has approved the final concept (out of three previously proposed) for the first fully electric Maxwell X-57 aircraft.



The main purpose of its development is to lay the groundwork for the creation of standards for future electric aircraft when they become available on the market. The X-57 was prototyped by Tecnam P2006T, a four-seater Italian light aircraft with two Rotax 912S3 piston engines. Instead, the X-57 will be equipped with 12 electric engines with separate propellers and two large screws at the ends of the wings.

NASA reports that this configuration will reduce air resistance in flight and increase efficiency. The 12 small electric motors (6 on each wing) will provide take-off and landing. Once the desired altitude is reached, two large screws are started and the blades of the 'small' motors are retracted into special gondolas to reduce resistance. On landing, the "small" motors are activated again.

It is expected that a fully completed X-57 will be able to increase flight efficiency by up to 500 percent when flying at high speed without polluting the environment with harmful emissions and strong noise.

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