NASA performs propeller wind tunnel tests for its all-electric X-57

NASA has come a step closer to flying its all-electric X-57 Maxwell. The first manned X-plane in two decades was delivered by manufacturer ESAero last month. It is based on a Tecnam P2006T aircraft where in its first configuration the two piston engines are replaced by two electric motors. In later iterations, the aircraft will be powered using distributed propulsion along the leading edge of the wing. NASA has now completed wind tunnel testing on the propellers to be used in this distributed propulsion configuration at the Langley Low-Speed Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel. Twelve of these high-lift motors will be used…

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