NASA’s 10-Engine Electric Plane named GL-10 Completes Flight Test

NASA successfully tested a 10-Engine Electric Plane named Greased Lightning-10 (GL-10) that that can take off and land like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft.

During several test flights, remotely piloted GL-10 prototype successfully transitioned from hover to wing-borne flight.

Key features of NASA’s Greased Lightning-10 (GL-10)

  • GL-10 is remotely piloted plane similar as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
  • It is designed and developed in such a way that it can take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane.
  • It is a battery-powered 10-engine and has a 3.05 meters wingspan. 8 electric motors are mounted on the wings. 2 electric motors are mounted on the tail.
  • It weighs a maximum of 28.1 kilogrammes at take-off.
  • Due to its versatile vertical takeoff and landing ability produces less noise.
  • Applications: Can be used as UAV for small package delivery or vertical take-off and landing, long endurance surveillance for agriculture, mapping and other applications.
  • Its modified scaled up version can be used as four person size personal air vehicle.

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