Nasa unveils X-57 Maxwell with 14 electric motorsStaff writer ▼ | June 17, 2016
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden revealed the agency's first X-plane designation in a decade during his keynote speech in Washington at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, Aviation 2016.
First X-plane Opening a new era of aviation
As many as five larger transport-scale X-planes also are planned as part of the initiative.
Its goals – like the X-57 – include demonstrating advanced technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise, and thus accelerate their introduction to the marketplace.
The X-57 number designation was assigned by the U.S. Air Force, which manages the history-making process, following a request from NASA.
'Dozens of X-planes of all shapes, sizes and purposes have since followed – all of them contributing to our stature as the world's leader in aviation and space technology,' said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. ■