NASA Chat: Green Flight Challenge!
The "wild blue yonder" is about to get a color change. From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 2011, innovative companies will come together in Santa Rosa, Calif., to compete in the third Green Flight Challenge, part of NASA's year-long Centennial Challenge Series. The excitement goes beyond the $1.65 million of NASA-funded prize money at stake -- the ultimate goal is for energy-efficient, quiet, green-friendly flight solutions for the future.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, chat experts Sam Ortega and Mark Moore answered your questions about the Santa Rosa Green Flight Challenge.
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More About the Green Flight Challenge
Energy-efficient, quiet, green-friendly flight solutions. That may sound simple until you read the stringent rules and specifications for the 2011 Green Flight Challenge. Aircraft in the competition are required to fly 200 miles in less than two hours; reach an average speed of at least 100 mph; take off at a distance of less than 2,000 feet to clear a 50-foot obstacle; deliver a decibel rating of less than 78 dBA at full-power takeoff -- all while using less than one gallon of gasoline per occupant!
From a competition field of 10 teams, five have been able to complete all of requirements necessary to enter the competition. Other teams plan to exhibit their aircraft statically and/or fly in the Exhibition category. More about the Green Flight Challenge teams.
More About Chat Expert Samuel A. Ortega
Samuel A. Ortega, an employee of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has served as the program manager of Centennial Challenges since June 2010. His expertise includes managing technical risks, schedule, budget and performance standards for Marshall's Solid Rocket Booster Project; overseeing test engineering for activities occurring within a microgravity environment; and conducting structural stress and fracture analysis to support flight certification processes for all experiments and payloads that flew in the space shuttle cargo bays or middecks. A civil engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, Mr. Ortega currently resides in Huntsville, Ala.
More About Chat Expert Mark D. Moore
Mark D. Moore has worked for NASA for over 25 years performing conceptual design studies of advanced aircraft. He received his Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University and is currently completing his PhD at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on understanding how to best integrate the emerging technology area of electric propulsion to achieve breakthrough vehicle capabilities. He has authored many technical publications promoting a future vision of distributed and on-demand aviation, with his recent papers documenting research on the Puffin electric, single person, vertical takeoff aircraft. He has just concluded an initial system study on Airborne Wind Energy vehicles.
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Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.