In this What's New in Aerospace program, NASA’s Nicholas Borer will talk about the X-57 “Maxwell,” an all-electric experimental aircraft. Today, electrically-powered aircraft are starting to take flight, and the X-57 flight demonstrator is designed to showcase one way electric power can shape new airplanes through a technology called Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). Borer will discuss the benefits of DEP, which can include up to a fivefold increase in cruise efficiency, zero in-flight emissions, and a complete change in how these airplanes sound. The X-57 will fly in three progressively different configurations, ultimately finishing as a fully electric, 14-motor DEP aircraft.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Boeing.

How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560
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