Posts Tagged: NASA

NASA awards researchers $6 million to develop fuel cell aircraft

NASA has awarded a team from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign $6 million to support research into an electric aircraft. The team will research the use of liquid hydrogen in fuel cells to power an aircraft propulsion system. They also intend to develop a design concept integrating superconducting electrical components into an aircraft that is… Read more »

Experimental NASA airplane features 14 propellers driven by 14 electric motors

NASA is building an experimental airplane in order to demonstrate that electric propulsion can make planes quieter, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. The X-57, nicknamed “Maxwell,” has 14 electric motors turning 14 propellers, integrated into a specially-designed wing. NASA Aeronautics researchers hope to use Maxwell to validate the idea that distributing electric power across… Read more »

NASA inaugurates new Electric Aircraft Testbed

Commercial electric aircraft may lie far in the future, but NASA is conducting research on several fronts. Engineers at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) at NASA’s Glenn Research Center ran the new facility’s first test in September. Dr. Rodger Dyson led a team that successfully tested a 600-volt electrical power system that could realistically… Read more »