NASA’s Greased Lightning GL-10 Electric Airplane Completes Transition Test – Video

MAY 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

Greased Lightning GL-10 (Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman)

Greased Lightning GL-10 (Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman)

NASA Langley is developing a new electric drone Greased Lightning GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, can take off/land like a helicopter and then transform into airplane.

Engineers decided to use 10 electric motors (eight on the wings and two on the tail). GL-10 weights 62 pounds (about 28 kg).

The current prototype is just the beginning as NASA Langley would like to double the size to 20-foot wingspan (6.1 m) and add a diesel/electric generator.

Below you can see video from tests of the prototype at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

“NASA Langley researchers designed and built a battery-powered, 10-engine remotely piloted aircraft. The Greased Lightning GL-10 prototype has a 10-foot wingspan and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an airplane. In this video, engineers successfully transition the plan from hover to wing-borne flight in tests at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.”

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6 Comments on "NASA’s Greased Lightning GL-10 Electric Airplane Completes Transition Test – Video"

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Lensman

Reminds me of the flying machine in Robur the Conquerer, a Jules Verne novel published in 1886!

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it’s hard to get excited about electric airplanes. the solar impulse sought to show the possibilities of electric powered aircraft for round the world travel but what the attempt has shown instead are the limitations of electric airplanes. not only does the plane fly very slowly but there have been numerous delays while they have had to wait for the proper conditions for flight.

Vinny

But electric motors on unmanned aircraft mean they are a lot quieter than their gas powered counter-parts. The Raven which is a small military UAV is electric powered and has seen extensive service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

eco Logical

Ugh … a diesel generator! NASA should check out aluminum-air battery (range extender) from http://www.phinergy.com

Mart

Similar prop arrangement to the LEAPTech concepts being tested.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/Features/leaptech.html

Red HHR.

Are they going to do a biplane version?