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February 26, Armstrong NASA Flight Research Center conducted a unique experiment, which may indicate a variety of future aircraft by a motor drive.


Armstrong NASA Flight Research Center is testing “forward asynchronous propulsion technology projects (LEAPTech)


According to foreign media reports, February 26, Armstrong NASA Flight Research Center conducted a unique experiment, which may indicate a variety of future aircraft by a motor drive. “Frontier asynchronous propulsion technology projects (LEAPTech)” will test more stringent propulsion systems – fuselage integration, as far as possible the use of electric drive, will enhance the efficiency and security, and to achieve environmental and economic benefits. In the coming months, NASA researchers will test wingspan 9.45 m ground carbon composite wing, assembled by a lithium iron phosphate battery-driven electric motor 18.

This experiment wing is called “hybrid power integrated system test platform (HEIST)”, mounted on a specially modified trucks, mobile ground control collection performance testing will provide valuable data, and reduce future risk factors of flight. HEIST not a device in the wind tunnel, but the wing section additional battery mounted on a support truck, truck driving speeds up to 112 km during the Edwards Air Force Base, across a dry lake bed. Preliminary test trucks reached 64 kilometers per hour, in January of this year in the central California coast Uno God County Airport.

It is reported that, in 2014, NASA Langley Research Center, Armstrong and two Flight Research Center in California’s researchers began to put “forward asynchronous propulsion technology project”, where the California experience Aerospace Systems Inc. is a systems integration and turnkey instrumentation Manufacturers, California universe than the airline responsible for the design and manufacture of motors, propellers and carbon fiber wing section.

Test truck is a pioneer in the development of small-scale experimental aircraft X, is part of NASA’s Aviation deformation Concept Plan, the researchers hope to achieve within the next few years X manned aircraft, engines and wings removed Italian construction Tai Kenan P2006T aircraft, using improved LEAPTech wing and engine replacement. Engineers use the existing body will make it easy to compare X aircraft and aircraft P2006T differences.

Independent operation of each are different speeds to optimize engine performance, LEAPTech potential advantages include: reducing fuel dependency, and enhance aircraft performance and driveability, reduce flight noise. LEAPTech the aircraft industry over the next decade, NASA plans to electric propulsion system into an important part of aerodynamicist Mark Moore (Mark Moore) said that the near term could potentially achieve LEAPTech conversion performance general aviation aircraft, long-term look good for air transport.

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