NASA seeks partners to develop flight technologies that reduce carbon emissions

NASA seeks partners to develop flight technologies that reduce carbon emissions

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NASA is seeking partners to develop the technologies needed to shape a new generation of low-emission, single-aisle aircraft that passengers could see at airports in the 2030s, the US space agency announced Wednesday.

Through its new announcement of partnership proposals, NASA intends to finance one or more contracts to design, build, test and fly a full-scale demonstrator with an advanced airframe configuration and related technologies. The agency’s Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD) project aims to reduce aviation’s carbon emissions and ensure US competitiveness in a high-demand area of ​​aircraft design: single-aisle commercial jets.

NASA is targeting technology for single-aisle aircraft, the workhorse of many airline fleets, which account for nearly half of aviation emissions worldwide. “Since its inception, NASA has worked with industry to develop and deploy innovative aeronautical technology and shared it with the world,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Now, with this new and ambitious project, we are once again joining the US industry to usher in a new era of cutting-edge improvements that will make the global aviation industry cleaner, quieter and more sustainable”.

The agency innovates for the benefit of humanity and any new aircraft and technology developed through this project will help the United States achieve net-zero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050, one of the environmental goals articulated in the Action Plan. US Aviation Climate.

NASA’s plan is to complete testing of the project by the end of the 2020s so that any new green technology can be validated and inform industry decisions on the next generation of single-aisle aircraft due to enter the market by the 2020s. 2030.

“In the next years, global air mobility will continue to grow at a steady rate and single-aisle aircraft will continue to carry the majority of that passenger traffic,” said Bob Pearce, NASA associate administrator for the Aeronautical Research Mission Directorate. “By working with industry, NASA intends to use this opportunity to meet our aggressive environmental goals while fostering continued global leadership by the US aviation industry.”

NASA expects to select at least one industry partner in early 2023 for a Space Law Funded Agreement with the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Such an agreement would provide funding and access to NASA facilities and expertise. The deal would capitalize on the knowledge and experience of private industry, with a successful bidder establishing a proposed technical plan and contributing significant funding to the project.

For this type of agreement, NASA would not acquire an aircraft or any other hardware for its missions; the goal is to develop new and innovative technologies and capabilities. The industry partner will design, build, test and fly a full-scale demonstrator, and NASA will obtain ground and flight data that agency and industry teams can use to validate the airframe configuration and associated technologies.

The flight project is an activity of NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program and is a key element of the National Association for Sustainable Flight, which focuses on the development of new sustainable commercial transportation vehicle technologies.

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