Among its exhibits at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, held next week at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, NASA will showcase the all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft (earlier post). The X-57 takes to the skies in 2019 to demonstrate how electric propulsion can be 500% more efficient than conventional aircraft.
On 23 July, NASA’s Jeffrey Vike will present a talk on the X-57 at the event. The goal of the NASA X-57 Electric Airplane was to utilize the versatility and efficiency of electric propulsion to design a cruise-optimized airplane. The wing planform was reduced 42%. A slotted flap and distributed fan system were developed to achieve CL’s in excess of 4.0.
Viken will discuss performance objectives, features of the wing and high-lift system, as well as integration considerations. He will also present CFD performance analysis and details of the integrated structure.