A small, experimental airplane powered by electricity!All-electric technology will make flying cleaner, quieter, and more sustainable.
Electric power is efficient and reliable. Electric motors can be placed anywhere on the plane to improve efficiency
An Italian Tecnam P2006T aircraft will be modified with an electric propulsion system. NASA will compare data from the Tecnam to the X-57 to measure efficiency.
You've probably noticed all the propellers along X-57's wing. It takes a lot of lift to get an airplane off the ground!How can all that lift be created?
Batteries power everything from your cell phone to equipment on the International Space Station! The X-57 uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
The X-57 aircraft uses 12 small motors located across the wing to increase airflow so that the wing produces lift even when the aircraft is flying slowly.
X-57 Physics (Video)
Engineers, researchers, pilots, visual artists, and many other people from the four flight centers and business partnerships work together to make the X-57 Maxwell idea a reality.
Meet the Team