Key Customers and Projects

NASA X-57 Maxwell

ESAero is carrying out the integration of an experimental, high-aspect ratio wing to the aircraft including all flight structure, flight propulsion systems and sensors. Under contract by NASA, ESAero will also address environmental testing of key subsystems and instrumentation. In addition, ESAero will support NASA aircraft and system verification and validation efforts.

Mission Goal
  • HELP Develop Certification Standards for Electric Aircraft Markets
  • SHARE X-57 Design and Airworthiness Process with Regulators and Standards Organizations to Further Develop Airworthiness Certification Approaches
  • ADVANCE the Nation’s Science and Industrial Base by Establishing a Reference Platform for Integrated Approaches of Distributed Electric Propulsion Technologies, Including Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Design Drivers
  • 500% Increase in High-Speed Cruise Efficiency
  • Demonstrate Zero In-Flight Carbon Emissions
  • Demonstrate Flight that is much Quieter for Communities on theGround
X-57 Project Page

ESAero ECO-150

ECO-150 is a 150 PAX, M=0.8, 3500 nm range concept with a “Split-wing" turboelectric system with 2 turbo generators and 16 motor driven fans embedded in the wing.

Stemming back to 2008, the ECO-150 was derived to improve future 737-class transportation through use of embedded, Turbo-electric Distributed Propulsion. Electrification of propulsion yielded aerodynamic, structural, and integration advantages over standard configurations.

Design Drivers
  • Prove non-superconducting electrical systems could be made to work in a large aircraft
  • Advance ambient-temperature generator and motor technology
  • Meet NASA’s 2020-25 timeframe N+2 goals (40% less fuel used, lower emissions and lower noise)
ECO-150 Project Page

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

ESAero has 20,000 Sq.Ft. dedicated to the manufacturing, integration, & testing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Aircraft Electrified Propulsion

ESAero is a subject matter expert in the fields of hybrid & electric propulsion.

Project Archive Highlights


Design and Fabrication of a Hybrid Electric Integrated System Testbed (HEIST)

This effort supports NASA/Armstrong Flight Research Center’s research goal of setting up a small scale electric distributed propulsion test capability. The project has evolved and became NASA Langley “LEAPTech” (Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology) Team Seedling demonstrator, where a full-scale HEDP wing was built and tested at NASA Armstrong in conjunction with Joby Aviation. ESAero was the prime contractor and provided instrumentation engineering design and assembly support to the AFRC electric propulsion team and provided, manufactured, integrated and ground tested various components of the test stand and associated ground test equipment.


N+2, N+3 Hybrid Electric Modeling and Tool Development
AFRL and NASA sponsored ESAero to continue development of their in-house design, analysis and performance tool for TeDP and HEDP air vehicles.

UAV Manufacturing + Aircraft Electrified Propulsion (AEP)

Learn more about ESAero design, manufacturing, analysis, testing, and niche engineering services

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