"X-57 Maxwell prepares for ground vibration testing, or GVT, at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California." —
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February 23, 2021
NASA to Begin High-Voltage Ground Testing on All-Electric X-57

NASA is set to start high-voltage functional ground testing of the agency’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, which will perform flights to help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft. NASA is also supporting these new electric aircraft by developing quiet, efficient, reliable technology these vehicles will need in routine use.

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June 8, 2020
Progress on Cruise Motors, Future Wing Sets Stage for All-Electric X-57 Ground Tests

Significant progress is being made in preparation for NASA’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell. As NASA completes tasks for X-57’s functional ground testing at its Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, working toward taxi testing and first flight, assembly and qualification tests are underway on two critical components of the X-57 vehicle at NASA’s prime contractor for the project, Empirical Systems Aerospace, or ESAero, of San Luis Obispo, California. These components include the electric cruise motors, which will power X-57 in flight, and the future high-aspect ratio wing that will fly on the aircraft in X-57’s final configuration.

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October 3, 2019
Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. Delivers First All-Electric Experimental Aircraft to NASA

The first all-electric configuration of NASA's X-57 Maxwell now is at the agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The X-57, NASA's first all-electric experimental aircraft, or X-plane—and the first crewed X-plane in two decades—was delivered by Empirical Systems Aerospace (ESAero) of San Luis Obispo, California on Wednesday, October 2, in the first of three configurations as an all-electric aircraft, known as Modification II, or Mod II.

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September 26, 2019
NASA Armstrong Completes X-57 Wing Tests

As preparations continue for the X-57 Maxwell's arrival at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California in October, testing on the wing that will be integrated into the final configuration of the piloted experimental aircraft is complete.

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June 18, 2019
Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. Receives NASA task order for X-57 'Maxwell' Wing and System Integration

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a leading Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System design, development and manufacturing services provider announced today receipt of a follow-on purchase order from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center for the X-57 'Maxwell', the first all-electric X-plane, for Wing and Distributed Electric Propulsion System Integration. ESAero has previously completed multiple contracts for system analysis and design phases, while wing fabrication, load testing, and integration is currently underway.

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