NASA's 10-engine electric aircraft takes to the skies
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NASA’s 10-engine electric aircraft takes to the skies

A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aeroplane.

The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is in the design and testing phase.

The GL-10 was recently tested at a military base, pictured above.

The remotely piloted plane has 3.05-metre wing span, eight electric motors on the wings, two electric motors on the tail and weighs a maximum of 28.1 kilograms at take off.

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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