NASA Issues Contracts to Mature Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Technologies

NASA Issues Contracts to Mature Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Technologies
Here job search will get complete information here jobs details- NASA has selected two U.S. companies to support its Electric Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) that will rapidly mature Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) technologies through ground and flight demonstrations.

Through the EPFD program, NASA seeks to introduce EAP technologies to U.S. aviation fleets no later than 2035, supporting short-range and regional commercial air travel, as well as single-aisle seat transports.

The awards under the EPFD project announcement are hybrid firm fixed-price/cost-share. The total combined value for the awards is $253.4 million and the work will be conducted over the next five years. The companies that received awards and their award values are:

GE Aviation (GE) of Cincinnati, $179 million.
MagniX USA Inc of Redmond, Washington, $74.3million.

“By taking these concepts to flight, NASA and its partners will accelerate the transition of EAP technologies into commercial products and be a catalyst for economic growth,” said Robert Pearce, associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We expect to realize significant improvements in the economic and environmental performance of subsonic transports through incorporation of these novel alternative propulsion and energy technologies into the fleet.”

Over five years, the selected companies will conduct ground and flight test demonstrations of their EAP technologies applicable to commercial aircraft transports. They will collaborate with other NASA projects on EAP development, flight test instrumentation, and data analysis. And they will stimulate spiral developments of megawatt-class EAP systems and technology.

“GE Aviation and MagniX will perform integrated megawatt-class powertrain system ground and flight demonstrations to validate their concepts, and project benefits for future EAP aircraft configurations,” said Gaudy Bezos-O’Connor, EPFD project manager at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. “These demonstrations will identify and retire technical barriers and integration risks. It will also help inform the development of standards and regulations for future EAP systems.”

The EPFD project is a part of NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program (IASP) which conducts flight-oriented, system-level research and technology development to mature and transition advanced aeronautic technologies into future air vehicles and operational systems. IASP focuses on the execution of highly complex flight tests and related experiments to support all phases of NASA’s aeronautics research.
An illustration of NASA’s JPL (Joint Rapid Reaction Mission) using its energy system. (NASA/Joint Rapid Reaction Mission)

NASA Issues Contracts to Mature Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Technologies

Following 50 years of research, NASA has issued contracts to four private companies to further advance commercial electric propulsion technology.

“After 50 years of research, development, and industry participation on this research, NASA’s Office of Small Business Innovation Research (OSBIR) is awarding contracts to drive development of new commercial-scale high-power upper vacuum electrically-powered propulsion technologies,” said Ernest Vogel, Director of the OSBIR office.

The four companies are Capture Motors of California, Allegro Solutions of California, NS&I of Colorado, and MDML of Oregon.

“NASA continues to seek out technologies to power vehicles that will support the agency’s NASA Technology Mission Plan (NASA-TTNP), one of the agency’s five main missions, which focus on the search for and discovery of technology to enhance human exploration, enable scientific discoveries, and enable improved lives,” said Virgil J. Carter, Associate Administrator for Technical Services and Operations for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HERO), in a NASA press release.

Electric propulsion systems
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Approximately 130,000 km of the world’s research from electric propulsion systems has been carried out in the past 50 years, the press release said. Those systems include surface and hydrodynamic propulsion systems. Surface propulsion systems include the electrodynamic propulsion system and HY5 configuration systems. Hydrodynamic propulsion systems include both large hydrodynamic systems (for example: the Hydroelectric Caravan and Hydroplane) and active hydrodynamic systems (such as the large jet engine at Flight Simulator 2). Hydrodynamic propulsion systems can be applied to a variety of utility vehicles.

John Cannizzaro, NASA’s assistant administrator for technology and strategy for commercial and commercial microsatellites, said, “At our most fundamental level, the mission goal of using electric propulsion systems is to help vehicles fly and navigate by generating zero emissions and ultimately power advanced habitats in space.”

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