Posts Tagged: NASA

Joby Aviation teams with NASA to measure noise footprint of electric air taxi

Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY) is developing an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which it intends to operate as part of an air taxi service beginning in 2024. The aircraft can transport a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, and has a maximum range of 150 miles. Joby recently conducted… Read more »

NASA at the forefront of electric airplane development

Aircraft are responsible for a substantial amount of air pollution, but building an electric airplane presents several physical and institutional problems that automobile designers don’t have to worry about. NASA has been working on electric planes, and grappling with these problems, for at least a decade, and has begun to demonstrate some progress. The agency… Read more »

NASA releases concept images of electric X-57 Maxwell airplane

NASA has released a series of concept images of the X-57 Maxwell electric airplane, showcasing aspects of its final Mod IV configuration during different flight modes. The artist’s concept image shows the Maxwell in its final configuration. This configuration, known as Mod IV, features a high-aspect ratio wing, relocation of the cruise motors to the… Read more »

How to license NASA technology for EVs

NASA holds a slew of patents on EV-related technology, including battery management systems, ultracapacitors, modular robotic vehicles, composite materials and more. Examples include: Solid-State Ultracapacitor for Improved Energy Storage Battery Charge Equalizer System Battery Management System Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) Internal Short Circuit Testing Device to Improve Battery Designs Li-ion Cell Calorimeter Model-Based Prognostics for… Read more »

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 »