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For Release: February 5, 2002

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Advanced Aeropropulsion Selections

Revolutionary new aircraft propulsion technologies will be developed under contracts recently awarded by NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. Fifteen proposals were selected to receive fixed price contracts for work on improvements in engines for vehicles ranging from today's jetliners to aerospace vehicles that fly up to five times the speed of sound.

The contracts total approximately $1.5 million over nine months and will focus on establishing the scientific or technical merit, feasibility, benefits and challenges of the proposed innovation. The research will be performed in two phases, the first of which will culminate in a final report, including a proposal for a Phase II effort. Phase II will involve a maximum 24-month period and will be funded at a level of no more than $250,000 per year.

The work will focus on the following technical areas: Electric Aircraft Engines; Emission Reduction;Distributed Aircraft Engines; Micro Steam Turbine Power Plant; Extreme Temperature Optical Fibers;Supersonic/Jets Noise Control and Reduction; Super Lightweight Aircraft Structures; and Design Tools.

The 15 selected proposals came from a diverse combination of talents including nine universities, including a Historically Black College or University, and six small businesses.

NASA received 67 proposals in response to the research announcement for this revolutionary work. All proposals were peer-reviewed by scientific and technical experts from academia, government and industry.

The following is a list of the topics, names, and locations of the successful proposals:

Description of Work Awardee Location
Multi-Gas-Generator-Driven Fan Engine with Circulation Control Nacelle M-DOT Aerospace Phoenix, AZ
A Feasibility Study for a Multiple-Engines in-Wing Concept Technology Nielsen Engineering & Research Mountain View, CA
Sensing and Active Flow Control for Propulsion-Airframe Integration Technology in Blacksburg, Inc.(Techsburg) Blacksburg, VA
Zero Emitting Electric Aircraft Feasibility WILCO International Associates Henderson, NV
Development & Application of Preliminary Design Tools for the Exoskeletal Engine Modern Technologies Corp. (MTC) Middleburg, Hts.OH
Design of Lightweight High Power Motors for Electric Aircraft Propulsion Long Electromagnetics, Inc. (LEI) Pittsburgh, PA
Design and Analysis of a Fuel Cell Powered Electric Propulsion System for High Performance Composite Two Place Aircraft Advanced Technology Products, Inc. Worcester, MA
Extreme Temperature Single-Mode Optical Fiber Luna Innovations Inc. Blacksburg, VA
Three-Dimensional Therma-Structural Analysis for Super Lightweight Aircraft Structures Collier Research Corp. Hampton, VA
Combustion Driven Actuator For Jet Noise Reduction Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. Atlanta, GA
Optimized Designs of Ultra-High Power Density Machines Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA
Integration of Pulse Detonation Engine with Airframe for Powered Lift University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Active Noise Control in Supersonic Jets Using Plasma Actuators Ohio State University Columbus, OH
Design of a Micro Steam Turbine Power Plant-on-a-chip for Aerospace Power Generation Columbia University New York, NY
PEM-Fan All Composite Electric Aircraft Engine Concept Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA

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