Saturday June 18, 2016

NASA Unveils Plans For Electric-Powered Plane

NASA is dabbling with the idea of electric-powered aviation and believes this may be the starting point for something commercially viable, although the target will be smaller craft.

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"The X-57 will take the first giant step in opening a new era of aviation," Mr. Bolden declared. The steps taken by NASA will not translate into all-electric cross-country jetliners. But the agency hopes the technology can be incorporated into smaller, general aviation and commuter aircraft some years from now. The X-57 will look more like a Cessna, unlike some of NASA’s earlier sleek, futuristic X-planes. Its cruising speed might hit 175 miles per hour. Its wings, however, will be unique آ— far skinnier than usual and embedded with 14 motors.