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For Release: May 25, 2001

Pamelia Caswell
Media Relations Office
216/433-2901


NASA Awards Aerospace Engine Research Contracts to 11 Firms

NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, has awarded contracts to 11 companies to provide revolutionary research and technology for aerospace engine research in support of the Ultra Efficient Engine Technology (UEET) Program, Propulsion and Power Program, and Advanced Space Transportation Program. The contracts for this five-year procurement effort are indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity, cost-plus-incentive-fee contracts that could have a total maximum value of $197 million.

The companies selected are Allison Advanced Development Co., Indianapolis, IN; Advanced Projects Research, Inc., La Verne, CA; Aerojet, Sacramento, CA; The Boeing Co., Seattle, WA; CFD Research, Huntsville, AL; General Applied Science Laboratory, Ronkonkoma, NY; General Electric Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, OH; Honeywell Engines & Systems, Phoenix, AZ; Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, TX; United Technologies, East Hartford, CT; and Williams International, Walled Lake, MI.

The selected companies submitted proposals to perform work in eight discipline areas including: air-breathing engine technology, pulse-detonation engine technology, auxiliary power systems, propulsion/airframe integration, rocket-based combined cycle, turbine-based combined cycle, design tools and cross-cutting technologies.

Planned and designed to develop high-payoff, high-risk technologies, NASA's UEET program will enable the next breakthrough in propulsion systems to spawn a new generation of high-performance, operationally efficient, economically reliable and environmentally compatible U.S. aircraft. It will develop and hand off revolutionary aircraft propulsion technologies to address local air-quality concerns by developing technologies that will reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions by 70 percent at landing and take-off conditions, with comparable reductions in cruise operations. UEET will also address the potential of climate impact on long-term aviation growth and provide critical propulsion technologies to reduce fuel-burn by 35 percent for large subsonic transport and 20 percent for high speed and /or small subsonic aircraft.

The Propulsion and Power Program will improve engine safety by developing new composite, containment-system structural concepts that can be transferred to the Aviation Safety Program for full-scale validation. Pulse-detonation engine (PDE) technologies will be further matured, with the demonstration of critical sub-system performance in one or more PDE system concepts. In addition, this program will focus on technologies applicable to engine designs for 2nd and 3rd generation reusable launch-vehicles (RLV).

The Advanced Space Transportation Program will focus on 3rd generation technological advances to increase the safety and reliability of reusable launch vehicles while reducing launch costs beyond those produced by the 2nd Generation RLV Program.

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