IN RECENT ground tests, NASA's first all-electric aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell, has successfully demonstrated its ability to transmit its telemetry signal, so the ground team can accurately track mission-critical data in real-time during a flight. The data will be recorded to inform post-flight analysis to measure the X-57's success in meeting its objectives, which will help NASA to set certification standards for future electric aircraft. The tests took place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, with taxi and flight trials taking place in the near future.
An artist's rendering of the X-57 Maxwell. NASA Aeronautics researchers will use the platform to demonstrate how electric propulsion can make aircraft more environmentally friendly and quieter, while increasing efficiency.