ESAero Announces NASA X-57 Project Milestone

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero) announced today a key NASA X-57 project milestone, the arrival of the 'Maxwell' tooling fuselage at ESAero's manufacturing and integration facility in San Luis Obispo, CA. ESAero will conduct the parallel processes of fit check and integration of the X-57 Mod III wing, power, and instrumentation systems. Concurrently, the original flight fuselage will undergo Mod II flight test at NASA Armstrong in 2018.
Read the 12/13/2017 release...

ESAero Announces New Production Facility

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero) announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in San Luis Obispo, CA to design, produce test, and certify electric and hybrid aircraft. The facility will significantly increase ESAero's manufacturing capacity and allow for production and integration of UAS and larger format air vehicle systems at higher volumes, including the all-electric NASA X-57 "Maxwell", for which ESAero is the Prime Contractor.
Read the 10/11/2017 release...


Formed in 2003, ESAero has served the needs of the engineering industry through its work on entrepreneurial concept development, aircraft modifications, military and commercial conceptual air vehicle designs, sub-scale technology demonstrators, hybrid propulsion system research and development, and niche engineering support. ESAero has been described as an "Advanced Design Group to Advanced Design Groups". With these capabilities, ESAero continues to provide the engineering community with cutting-edge system designs, development, testing and demonstration solutions.

Key Projects


NASA Ames Research Center Á NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center October 2014 to Present

As a follow-on to the foundational LEAPTech effort, ESAero is again the prime contractor for the Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology Operations Research (SCEPTOR) sub-project in the Convergent Aeronautics Solutions Project under the Transformative Aviation Systems Program for concept flight validation of transformational electric propulsion integration capabilities More...


"The ESAero engineers are well suited to work on new concepts. Their fresh thinking provides unique ideas when solving problems and they are capable of taking on challenging tasks."  More...

Glen Mills, President
South West Aero Group
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