Everett-based MagniX and GE Aviation were collectively awarded by NASA recently $253.4 million with the aim of introducing Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) to the U.S. aviation fleet by 2035, according to a recent press release.
Awards are hybrid firm fixed-price/cost-share. EAP will support short-range and regional commercial air travel as well as single-aisle seat transport.
“… 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 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, in a prepared statement. “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 the next five years, MagniX and GE will conduct ground and flight test demonstrations of EAP technologies and simulate spiral development of megawatt-class EAP systems, according to the release.
“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,” said Gaudy Bezos-O’Connor, EPFD project manager at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, in a prepared statement.
EPFD is part of NASA’s Integrated Aviation System Program (IASP), which researches flight-oriented technology and developments. For more information, visit here.