Space – NASA Finishes High-Voltage Testing of Integrated Systems Onboard All-Electric X-57 Maxwell Aircraft
July 26, 2021
NASA has completed the high-voltage testing of its all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.
The test plugged an auxiliary power to the Emipircal Systems Aerospace-developed aircraft to ensure that all integrated systems could function as designed at full power, NASA said Friday.
The milestone saw the first time the X-57’s propellers spun under electric power since Empirical Systems delivered the aircraft to NASA in October 2019.
With the high-voltage procedure now completed, the space agency will put the experimental aircraft through verification and validation testing next.
The X-57 project is aimed at helping regulators and the aviation industry in developing certification standards for urban air mobility vehicles and other electric aircraft.
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