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NASA Awards Turbofan Engine Core Technology Demonstration Contract
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2023

NASA has embarked on a significant collaboration with GE Aerospace, based in Cincinnati, for the development of more fuel-efficient engines, specifically targeting single-aisle aircraft. This initiative falls under the auspices of NASA's Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core (HyTEC) project. The project's Phase 2 Integrated Core Technology Demonstration, a cornerstone of this collaboration, is a cost-sharing contract valued at approximately $68.1 million. This five-year agreement, commencing on February 15, mandates a minimum of 50% cost share from GE Aerospace.

HyTEC is an integral part of NASA's Advanced Air Vehicles program, established to expedite the development of small core technologies for turbofan engines. The program's first phase concentrated on developing several pivotal engine core technologies. These included advancements in high-pressure compressors and turbines, the introduction of advanced materials, the integration of electric hybridization techniques, and the development of compact combustors. These technologies underwent rigorous testing at the subsystem or component level.

The second phase of HyTEC, where GE Aerospace plays a critical role, aims to integrate these developed technologies into an engine core. The objective is to perform a ground-breaking demonstration of a compact, high-power density core by September 2028. This demonstration is not just a technical milestone but also a significant step towards achieving NASA's Sustainable Flight National Partnership goals. This partnership is part of a broader national endeavor to attain net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, reflecting a commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation in aviation technology.

This contract with GE Aerospace represents a pivotal moment in the journey towards more sustainable and efficient aviation. By focusing on the core technologies of turbofan engines, NASA and GE Aerospace are addressing some of the most critical aspects of aircraft performance and environmental impact. The integration of these technologies promises not only improved fuel efficiency but also a substantial reduction in the carbon footprint of aviation, aligning with global environmental goals.

The HyTEC project, through its ambitious objectives and innovative approaches, stands as a testament to NASA's ongoing commitment to advancing aerospace technology in a manner that is both efficient and environmentally responsible. The collaboration with GE Aerospace, a leader in aviation technology, further underscores the importance of public-private partnerships in achieving significant technological advancements. As the project progresses, it is expected to yield insights and developments that could shape the future of aviation and contribute significantly to global efforts in combating climate change.

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