NASAs develop Ten-Engine Electric Plane GL-10 Prototype [ Current Affairs ]


American Space Centre NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) successfully developed and flight tested the prototype of a ten-engine electric plane Greased Lightning (GL)-10. Greased Lightning (GL)-10 was developed by the NASA in order to enhance its capabilities in using remotely piloted aircrafts in science investigations and to augment technology development for aircraft, cubesats and other platforms.

  • Weight of GL-10 is maximum 62 pounds (28.1 kilograms) at take off and has a 10-foot wingspan and it is a battery-powered 10-engine remotely piloted aircraft having eight electric motors on the wings and two electric motors on the tail.
  • GL-10 produces less noise in the sense that it is quieter than a neighbor mowing the lawn with a gas-powered motor and it can take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane.
  • At present, GL-10 is in the design and testing phase and under the first phase of the It will be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
  • GL-10 could be used for small package delivery or vertical takeoff and landing, long endurance surveillance for agriculture, mapping and other applications. In future, scaled up version which can accommodate up to four persons will be developed.

- Published on: May 7, 2015