Nasa's first all-electric aircraft, the x-57 maxwell, is preparing for flight after its cruise motor controllers successfully passed critical tests.
The all-electric aircraft has been in development for several years and is finally about to take off.
In december 2017, nasa engineers successfully tested the x-57 battery system, validating that it had the required capacity to safely power a full flight profile.
After various configurations, the x-57, in its final form, features two larger (60 kw) electric cruise motors
And 12 smaller (10.5 kw) electric lift motors along the leading edge of the wings.
The electric motors are specifically designed to generate enough power to take off at standard tecnam p20006t speeds.