Engineers Test Experimental Electric Aircraft on the Ground

A truck with an airplane wing attached to it barrels down a dusty road at 73 miles per hour. The contraption is even stranger up close, because the wing has 18 electric motors powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries built into its carbon composite body.

NASA Proposes 21st Century X-Plane Program

A new ten-year federal budget plan includes New Aviation Horizons—a NASA program to design, build, and fly a new generation of experimental aircraft known as “X-planes.” If the budget that President Obama recently proposed is approved, NASA would begin the program, which aims to redesign aircraft in order to reduce fuel emissions while making flights quieter and less expensive.