UCF and Florida State among universities to research aviation for NASA – WFTV

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida – The University of Central Florida and Florida State University are among the teams that will provide invaluable assistance to NASA’s research into sustainable aviation.

The two schools are among the university teams selected to participate in NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.

The initiative gives the academic community the opportunity to support NASA’s aeronautical research goals and provide students with valuable experience in solving real-world technical challenges.

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Three of the four teams will work to reduce or eliminate aircraft emissions. Each team will approach the problem from a slightly different angle.

The fourth team’s autonomy research supports NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility campaign.

“The aviation of the future must be climate-friendly for the world to continue to fly, and a great way to do that is to allow the best minds of tomorrow to start contributing to these goals while still in school.” », Declared Koushik Datta, ULI project manager.

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Another key goal of ULI is to give students experience leading a multidisciplinary team made up of partners from other universities and industries, including student populations that are under-represented or have not applied their skills. to aviation problems, NASA said.

“A diverse research team allows more voices to be heard and to explore more creative ideas,” Datta said.

All four teams could win prizes of up to $ 31.5 million over the next five years.

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Discover the four teams and their research themes below:

University of Central Florida

The team will explore the use of liquid ammonia – a non-traditional source – as fuel for a jet engine and the production of electricity from the heat of engine exhaust gases, thereby reducing emissions and saving money. fuel. Team members include Georgia Tech, Purdue University, Boeing, GE Research, ANSYS, Southwest Research Institute, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Florida State University

The team will examine how hybrid hydrogen-electric power generation could be combined with fuel cell technology to reduce emissions. Team members include Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of Buffalo, University of Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Raytheon, Boeing, and Advanced Magnet Lab.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The team will focus on the sustainable aviation challenges associated with the combustion chamber of a jet engine, but in this case, the engine powers commercial supersonic transport. Team members include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, Spelman College, Missouri University of Science and Technology, General Electric, and Aerodyne Research Incorporated.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The team aims to provide reliable range tools to help Advanced Air Mobility aircraft fly safely in complex airspace, typical of dense urban environments. Team members include Georgia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, University of Nevada at Reno, Lockheed Martin, and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

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