NASA has begun high-speed testing of distributed electric propulsion by driving a truck-mounted wing with 18 propellers along a dry-lakebed runway at speeds exceeding 80 mph at Edwards AFB, California. The novel Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (Heist) has been developed by NASA Armstrong Flight Research working with system integrator Empirical Systems Aerospace and Joby Aviation, which produced the 31-ft.-span carbon-fiber wing, electric motors and propellers. Heist is a ...

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