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Press Release 94-47
 
 
Immediate
Lori J. Rachul
(Bus: 216/433-8806)

NASA Lewis Research Center Awards High-Speed Propulsion Contract

Cleveland, OH -- NASA Lewis Research Center today announced the signing of a $266 million contract to the industry team of GE Aircraft Engines and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney for work on the critical propulsion components technologies for a 21st century High-Speed Civil Transport (HSCT).

The goal of NASA's High-Speed Research Program is to conduct research that can produce a future supersonic airliner that will be environmentally friendly and will operate at air fare costs levels very close to subsonic airliners.

GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio and Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., will work together to develop the technology required for the key propulsion components -- ultra-low nitrogen oxides (NOx) combustors and low noise exhaust nozzles, mixed-compression inlets and low-noise fans.

The eight-year, cost-reimbursement contract will be managed by NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. The work will be performed at GE Aircraft Engines plant in Cincinnati; Pratt & Whitney facilities in East Hartford and West Palm Beach, Fla.; and NASA Lewis. Work is already being performed under a letter contract signed in June 1994. This action definitizes that letter contract.

Other companies supporting the GE/Pratt & Whitney team include Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Seattle; McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, Long Beach, Calif.; and Allison Gas Turbine Division, General Motors Corp., Indianapolis.

The Critical Propulsion Components (CPC) Program will utilize the results of previous and ongoing High-Speed Research propulsion system work to focus this technology program on the most promising engine concepts and on the key technology needs of the HSCT.

The key to a viable future supersonic airliner or HSCT is the propulsion system. The CPC Program will provide a technical foundation that the nation's aerospace companies can use to make intelligent business decisions regarding HSCT.

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