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NASA’s Electric Propulsion-Powered Aircraft
NASA is developing a piloted experimental airplane called SCEPTOR (Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology and Operations Research). An Italian-built Tecnam P2006T aircraft will be modified by replacing its original wing with one that has electric motors. This electric propulsion-powered aircraft will be quieter, more efficient, and environmentally friendlier than today’s commuter aircraft. By modifying an existing aircraft, engineers can easily compare its performance against the original aircraft. SCEPTOR is scheduled to take flight in about two years. The image reveals engineers working on the modified wing.