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Further Development of the NASA X-57 Maxwell Mission Planning Tool for Mods II, III, and IVThe experimental, fully electric X-57 Maxwell is designed to enable lower energy con-sumption at cruise compare to a fuel burning baseline. This is to be achieved using a sumof subsystem benefits incorporated in the electric, airframe, and propulsion systems. AMission Planning Tool captures the three stages of X-57 development in order to assess thedesign of each subsystem in the context of the whole aircraft. The Mission Planning Toolfor the fully electric X-57 Maxwell captures the aerodynamics, propulsion, heat transfer,and power system of the aircraft with trajectory optimization capabilities. It is able tomodel these subsystems through all phases of flight, from taxi to landing. Through thismultidisciplinary approach, we are able to predict the benefit of each subsystem and theeffect of key design assumptions and how the aircraft will react if they are not met or ex-ceeded. As the aircraft progresses and systems are tested, we can use the Mission PlanningTool to continue to predict performance. This paper details the continued development ofthe X-57 Mission Planning Tool and demonstrates its capabilities.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Schnulo, Sydney L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Hall, Dustin L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Chin, Jeffrey C.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Smith, Andrew D.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 26, 2019
Publication Date
August 22, 2019
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS)
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Country: United States
Start Date: August 22, 2019
End Date: August 24, 2019
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 107210.02.06.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Electric aircraft
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