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NASA Awards Prize For Green Aviation Project

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:08 AM
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by Matt Smith last modified Oct 03, 2011

Aviation accounts for almost 3 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration from 2005, so finding a way to reduce those emissions became an important goal for NASA and the aviation industry. With this in mind, NASA created the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, a competition to test fuel-efficient aircraft designs, in which the winner, Pipistrel-USA.com of State College, PA. was awarded $1.35 million from NASA. The second place team of eGenius of Ramona, Calif. was awarded $120,000.




 

 

Aviation accounts for almost 3 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration from 2005, so finding a way to reduce those emissions became an important goal for NASA and the aviation industry. With this in mind, NASA created the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, a competition to test fuel-efficient aircraft designs, in which the winner, Pipistrel-USA.com of State College, PA. was awarded $1.35 million from NASA. The second place team of eGenius of Ramona, Calif. was awarded $120,000.

Out of fourteen originally registered teams, only three were able to meet all of the requirements and fly their crafts over the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The aircraft that won had to fly 200 miles in less than two hours using less than one gallon of fuel per occupant, which is the equivalent of electricity. The two winning teams were both electric-powered, and achieved twice the feul efficiency requirement, making the 200 mile trip using just over a half-gallon of fuel equivalent per passenger.



 

 

 
 
 

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