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NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane ready for testing

NASA has been testing X-planes — experimental aircraft that it uses to test a variety of technologies — for more than 70 years, including the Bell X-1, the first plane to break the sound barrier in flight. Now, the space agency is moving further into the future, with the first all-electric experimental aircraft. The plane, known as the X-57 Maxwell, was delivered to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. “The X-57 Mod II aircraft delivery to NASA is a significant event, marking the beginning of a new phase in this exciting electric X-plane project,” said X-57 project manager Tom Rigney in a statement. Rigney added that with the X-57 Mod now available to the space agency, NASA will start testing the integrate ...