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Hear from the experts behind EAP projects about the development and impacts of their research in the NASA features below.

The GE Hybrid-Electric Motor and its related components were tested in NASA’s Electric Test Bed (NEAT) in Sandusky, Ohio on Oct. 10, 2021.
Credits: GE Aviation

NASA, GE Complete Historic Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Tests

NASA’s Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) allows U.S. technology developers from industry, academia, and government to take experimental aircraft power systems through their design, development, assembly, and test phases.

18 july, 2022
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Credits: NASA

NASA Issues Contracts to Mature Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Technologies

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.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2021
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Credits: Vehicle image created by Scott Anders, Rich Wahls and Lillian Gipson; Forest Imagery franckreporter, E+, GettyImages

NASA Aims for Climate-Friendly Aviation

NASA Aeronautics and industry partners are expanding research for sustainable aviation by developing and testing new green technologies for next-generation aircraft to accomplish aviation’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2060. 

02 June, 2021
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Credits: NASA

Expanding NASA Aeronautics Research for Sustainable Aviation

NASA Aeronautics is expanding climate change research and making aviation sustainable with electrified propulsion systems, new aerodynamic designs, automation tools for airspace management, and sustainable aviation fuels. 

(NASA Video)

21 April, 2021
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Credits: NASA

Renovate to Elevate: Facility Upgrades Propel Green Aviation

The Engine Research Building (ERB) test complex at the NASA Glenn Research Center is being upgraded to meet research demands, for both aeronautics and spaceflight, while also making it an attractive test location for industry customers. 

12 March, 2021
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NASA illustration of an advanced subsonic aircraft with an electrified aircraft propulsion system. Credits: NASA

NASA Takes Steps to Reduce Aviation Emissions, Invigorate US Economy

Ground and flight demonstration proposals to help accelerate integrated Electrified Aircraft Propulsion technologies are an important step in forming partnerships and striving toward energy-reduction goals.   

23 february, 2021
NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed
The NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed at NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is a world-class, reconfigurable facility that can accommodate power systems for large passenger airplanes with megawatts of power.
Credits: NASA

NASA, Industry Partner Up to Power Up 

The Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core project is receiving support from Honeywell and GE to develop an advanced turbine and increase engine power extraction. These engines can be combined with other megawatt-class components for efficient electrified aircraft. 

04 february, 2021
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Credits: NASA

Smaller is Better for Jet Engines 

Jet engines have remained relatively the same for 60 years. But with NASA’s focus on highly efficient hybrid-electric aircraft, engineers are rethinking how aircraft engines have traditionally been designed, especially in terms of core size. 

03 february, 2021
This illustration shows NASA’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, in its final configuration, flying in cruise mode over NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Several milestones were reached during 2020 in the testing and assembly of X-57 flight hardware. Credits: NASA Langley/Advanced Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc

Progress in 2020 Advances Aviation’s Future

Despite a global pandemic that had a devastating impact on the aviation industryNASA’s aeronautical innovators continued to create solutions to bring economic growth back to the industry and ensure U.S. skies remain the safest and most advanced in the world. 

18 december, 2020
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Fantasy to Reality: NASA Pushes Electric Flight Envelope 

Cleaner, quieter, safer, and more affordable flight is a focus for NASA Aeronautics researchers developing aircraft propulsion technologies that could soon benefit the planet, the flying public, and the aviation industry, and the U.S. economy.  

19 november, 2020
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NextGen Aircraft Design is Key to Aviation Sustainability 

The next generation of passenger-carrying airplanes is all about four E’s: Environment, efficiency, electrification, and economy. Four NASA technologies help address efficiency challenges related to aerodynamics, propulsion and weight. 

16 april 2020
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Electrified AircraftTackling the Challenges of Alternative Propulsion

The final program of the “NASA Aeronautics: Aviation at the Leading Edge” webinar series welcomes experts in NASA’s electrified aircraft projectas they discuss the challenges that come with developing these revolutionary technologies. 

27 february, 2021
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NASA, U.S. Industry Aim to Electrify Commercial Aviation 

NASA and GE announced a $12 million partnership that will accelerate the development of next-generation power inverters and help overcome the size and weight challenges that come with making electric propulsion a reality.  

02 october, 2019
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NEAT Tests Megawatt-Scale Electric Aircraft Power Systems 

The NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) world-class, reconfigurable facility recently conducted its first megawatt-scale power system test, paving the way for the next generation of hybrid-electric and turboelectric aircraft. 

28 may, 2019
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Aviation Renaissance: NASA Advances Concepts for Next-gen Aircraft 

An aviation renaissance focused on energy efficiency and economic impact is on the horizon, and it’s changing how engineers look at aircraft power, efficiency, and design.  

07 november, 2017
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Turbo-Electric Propulsion, a New Idea for Revolutionary Aircraft

The hybrid wing body aircraft shape can improve performance and reduce noise. NASA’s Glenn Research Center is studying a drastic change in the propulsion system  turboelectric engines  to make these benefits a reality and improve the use of smaller underutilized airports. 

19 may, 2013
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