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Aircraft Electric Propulsion Systems Applied Research at NASAResearchers at NASA are investigating the potential for electric propulsion systems to revolutionize the design of aircraft from the small-scale general aviation sector to commuter and transport-class vehicles. Electric propulsion provides new degrees of design freedom that may enable opportunities for tightly coupled design and optimization of the propulsion system with the aircraft structure and control systems. This could lead to extraordinary reductions in ownership and operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise annoyance levels. We are building testbeds, high-fidelity aircraft simulations, and the first highly distributed electric inhabited flight test vehicle to begin to explore these opportunities.
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Document Type
Clarke, Sean
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 20, 2016
Publication Date
June 17, 2015
Subject Category
Research And Support Facilities (Air)
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
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Meeting Information
2015 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)(Dearborn, MI)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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