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NASA and Industry Partners Unveil Hybrid Electric Aircraft Paint Scheme

Our Bureau - : Jul 28, 2023 - : 11:42 am

GE Aerospace and NASA have unveiled the paint scheme for the hybrid electric aircraft that will fly as part of NASA’s Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project.

magniX, which is also part of the project, is partnering with AeroTEC and Air Tindi to test its hybrid powertrain installed on a modified DeHavilland “Dash 7” aircraft. The flight test campaigns will be based out of the AeroTEC Flight Test Center in Moses Lake, Washington.

Under EPFD, GE Aerospace is developing a megawatt-class hybrid electric powertrain for ground and flight tests in the middle of this decade. Boeing and its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are partnering with GE Aerospace to support the flight tests using a modified Saab 340B aircraft powered by GE’s CT7 engines.

“GE Aerospace envisions a more electric future of flight. Our research collaborations with NASA continue to advance state-of-the-art propulsion systems with an important aim — to drive industry efforts to improve efficiency and reduce emissions compared to today’s aircraft engines,” said Arjan Hegeman, general manager of advanced technology for GE Aerospace.

In 2022, GE Aerospace completed the world’s first test of a MW-class and multi-kilovolt (kV) hybrid electric propulsion system in altitude conditions up to 45,000 feet that simulate single-aisle commercial flight. This test took place at NASA’s Electric Aircraft Testbed. Leading up to last year’s milestone, GE Aerospace had been maturing hybrid electric propulsion systems through a series of increasingly complex steps, including a 2016 ground test.

GE Aerospace announced in May this year that it would invest up to $20 million to add a new test cell and equipment at the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter) in Dayton, Ohio.

Through EPFD, NASA collaborates with U.S. industry to conduct ground and flight tests of existing aircraft testbeds retrofitted with electrified aircraft propulsion (EAP) technologies. The project’s goal is to accelerate the transition of hybrid propulsion systems with megawatt (MW) levels of power to short-haul turboprop aircraft carrying 30-70 passengers and regional single-aisle commercial airliners carrying up to 180 passengers. EPFD will also inform the development of new standards for next-generation hybrid-electric aircraft.

NASA is targeting at least two flight demonstrations within the next five years to help introduce EAP systems to the U.S. commercial fleet within the 2030-2035 timeframe.


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