As interest in electric-powered aircraft accelerates, NASA has mounted the first electric cruise motor on the X-57 Maxwell, a heavily modified Tecnam P2006T piston twin that is undergoing transformation into the research agency’s first piloted X plane in two decades. The modification, which involves replacing the P2006T’s Rotax 912 S3 pistons with 60-kW electric cruise motors as well as adding controllers, batteries and new instrumentation, is taking place at Northrop ...

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