Meet Maxwell, NASAs zero-emission 14-motor electric airplane
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NASA is preparing to test experimental propulsion technology with a new airplane officially designated X-57 but affectionately nicknamed Maxwell. The aircraft’s 14 electric motors turn a series of propellers fitted along the plane’s wings, an update to previous designs. Maxwell will be build by modifying an existing airplane: an Italian-designed Tecnam P2006T twin-engine light aircraft. Once complete, NASA will use Maxwell to hopefully validate the idea that distributing electric power across...