NASA's first manned X-plane in 2 decades is 100% electric



NASA’s X-57 Maxwell aircraft is its first all-electric X-plane. Developing the X-57 is NASA’s way of keeping pace with the growing market for electric aircraft and the regulatory challenges they present.

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37 thoughts on “NASA's first manned X-plane in 2 decades is 100% electric

  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Do you think electric planes are the future of flight? Let us know down below!

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Lets use "Public funds" to figure this out and then we will "give" it to private industry to "Profit" on. Classic example of "Socialism for big business" .

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    I'm sick of financing government projects with my tax dollars that end up in the private sector so they can charge me again.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    So many ignorant and outright stupid comments. News flash: the people designing and building this are way smarter than you morons!

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    It will be nice to have wind turbine at the wings that recharges the batteries after take off

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    so it can fly for 30 minutes day and 15 minutes night, given the FAA required reserves.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Watching this makes me mad that this technology could've been much more advanced if it weren't for big oil

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    I bet NASA are very interested in the new advances in Lithium Carbon batteries with 7 times the storage…so 700 mile range coming in a few years maybe?

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    per kilo of energy hydrogen is wayyyyy lighter then lithium iron even lighter then jet fuel

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    So the American planes and drones of the future that will kill innocent people will be green 🤔 Hard to get excited about anything American

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Johooooo! electrified transport requires generation of battery power for charging and there are so many natural forces like the wind. Big planes have it even for much lighter batteries. Where and how here?

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Without a means to gather and or store energy, it appears you are whistling dixie. I project the outcome will come to naught.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Imagine getting a notification on your electric plane that the battery is on 5% whilst in mid air.😨😱

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    This is the best they can accomplish these days. Hollywood destroyed the moon shot studios after "NASA" destroyed the technology to go to the moon.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Charging batteries, manufacturing, regulating and dispossl, isn't emission free. Tax dollars at work. At least it's not about Mars and the almost Utopian for humans Earth. Electric and off the ground…..hmm. Autonomous anything will never happen. Lawsuits and human ignorance coupled with unpredictability will end it. (Even if it is a million times safer) As a fun project……electric planes are "cool". Yes, these aren't autonomous but, it will always be a prototype or in testing form. Maybe a niche market only. Tesla figured batteries decently out (older technology than petrol for powering thing) Batteries aren't the future. They are a stop gap. Sun, wind and hydro tech are freely available. (For now 😉 ) You don't care about emissions when you see 30,000ft above the Earth's crust. No cost by NASA listed. Surprising. Contracts are the future.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    @2:20 "I shouldn't have no surprises when I fly this." Hmmmmm….. and this guy is the absolute best of the best NASA has to offer? A guy who speaks in double negatives?

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Solar cells recently doubled their efficiency and it was barely reported on. I wonder if the new batteries that'll make all this viable will be celebrated the way they should.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Planes like this is what you get when you have engineers with no practical mechanical or flight experiance.

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